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Can Drug Trafficking Charges Be Dropped?

Yes, drug trafficking charges can be dropped. While getting charged with drug trafficking in SC can be immensely stressful and frightening, there are steps you can take to protect your freedom and have your charges dropped. A conviction for drug trafficking comes with harsh penalties, including hefty fines, significant time in prison, a criminal record, and many others that can negatively impact your life.

But keep in mind that being charged with drug trafficking does not automatically mean that you’ll be convicted. The best way to increase your odds of getting your charges dropped is to discuss your case with a Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney. At The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, our Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney can assess the facts of your case to develop a solid defense strategy for you. Depending on the circumstances, they can raise the following defense to have your drug trafficking charges dropped. Trafficking is charged by weight or count.

A Case of Bad Luck and Timing

Some people are just unlucky. For instance, the police may suspect and charge everyone they find at or near the scene of a drug bust with drug trafficking. Unfortunately, this situation is common. Fortunately, a good Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney can obtain evidence to help prove the alleged offender is innocent and build the case around this defense.

No Knowledge of Illegal Drugs

A lot of people have trafficked or are tracking drugs without realizing it. For instance, a trucker could be driving their regular route when the police stop them. When the police inspect the trucker’s cargo, the trucker may be surprised to see drugs mixed in with their cargo. Genuine ignorance of drug possession can be a viable defense to allegations of drug trafficking. However, the accused must prove through solid evidence that they truly did not know that they were in possession of illegal drugs.

Unlawful Search and Seizure

Even if a defendant is obviously guilty, law enforcement officers must follow specific protocols for searches and arrests. The defendant may have a valid defense and have their charges dropped if they were arrested for drug trafficking and the police performed an illegal search, unlawful stop, or invalid search warrant or because the defendant was present when the police found the drugs.

Forced Into Drug Trafficking

In some cases, people may be forced by other people to traffic drugs. For instance, the defendant may have no choice but to traffic drugs because they or their loved ones will either get hurt, kidnapped, or killed if they don’t. Because the defendant trafficked drugs to protect themselves or their loved ones, their Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney can raise this defense to have their charges dismissed.

If you or a loved one has been charged with drug trafficking or another drug offense, the Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney at The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson is ready to help. To learn what our Myrtle Beach drug trafficking attorney can do for your case, reach out to us online or call us to schedule your free consultation.