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Have You Been Arrested for Drug Possession? Three Tips to Help You.

Anyone ever arrested for drug possession in Michigan knows how devastating the experience can be and how quickly the situation can spiral out of control. Even the smallest legal infraction related to drugs can result in steep fines and loss of privileges in many areas of your life.

Taking immediate action to protect your rights is essential after a drug possession arrest. Here are three tips that can help you manage your current situation and ensure your rights are protected as you move through the Michigan legal system:

1. Don’t Share Information with the Police

It can be tempting to speak up for yourself and defend your innocence to law enforcement, but this is the last thing you want to do if you are arrested for drug possession. You might think your words can demonstrate your innocence, when in reality what you say can be used to build a case against you. You are much better off saying nothing until you have the guidance you need to speak without incriminating yourself.

For more information about what is within your rights to not say or do, check out this pagefrom the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

2. Avoid Doing Anything that Could Be Interpreted As Suspicious

This can be difficult since law enforcement turns everything you say and do into something that creates suspicion, but the less you do to arouse the attention of police after your arrest the better.

For instance, if you were accused of purchasing drugs in a particular location, avoid that location. Some people think returning to the area to gather evidence on their own can help, but it can actually create the appearance of guilt. The same is true for contacting people with whom you were interacting at the time of your arrest. If you have no other reason to interact with someone other than to discuss your legal situation, avoid that person.

3. Hire an Experienced Attorney

The best thing you can do if you are arrested for drug possession is to reach out to a qualified attorney. He or she can guide your decisions and help you through this difficult and confusing time.

You have many options after you are arrested: you can work to build a case to prove your innocence; you can take a plea deal; you can argue your arrest was unlawful, etc. Unfortunately, attempting to do any of these things without the guidance and resources of an attorney can lead you into a worse situation. With the assistance and support of an attorney, you stand the greatest chance of reducing the short- and long-term effects of your arrest.

It’s important to keep in mind law enforcement and the judicial system are part of the country’s aggressive fight against drugs, and the system is quick to make an example of anyone it can. You don’t want to be a part of this.

If you have been arrested for drug possession or you have questions about charges against you, we can help. For more information or to discuss your case, contact criminal defense attorney Andrew W. Kowalkowski, PLLC at 248.974.9594.

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