What to Do if You Are Arrested for Drug Possession

Illegal possession of controlled substances is of special concern to law enforcement. Being arrested for drug possession can have a devastating impact on your reputation and livelihood. Potential consequences of drug possession include:

  • Jail Time
  • Expensive Fines
  • Probation
  • Suspension of Your Driver's License

You will also have a criminal record that will impact your future employment and career opportunities. This is why it is important to get legal assistance as soon as possible if you have been charged with a drug crime.

Common Drug Possession Offenses Include:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Sale, Trafficking, Cultivating
  • Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud

Stay Calm

If you are arrested for drug possession, remember to stay calm and don’t let your emotions get the best you. If you make an outburst while you are in police custody, it can result in additional charges such as resisting arrest or obstruction of justice. Also remember that police are inclined to use physical force to subdue you, so don’t give them a reason to hurt you.

Remain Silent

The only thing you need to say to the cops is your name, age, and identifying information. Beyond that, you are not obligated to divulge anything when you are being questioned by police. According to the 5th amendment, you are entitled to remain quiet if you choose to do so. If the officers attempt to coerce you into speaking, simply ask for your attorney to be present. Just be direct and respectful when you assert your right to remain silent.

Contact an Attorney

If you are facing drug possession charges, you will need a skilled attorney to defend your legal rights. You should speak with an attorney who has a good reputation and who is familiar with drug possession law. Hiring strong representation can be the difference between going to jail or being set free.

Have you been arrested for drug possession? Contact our Rhode Island team of drug crimes attorneys to get stated on your free consultation.