In most crimes, the prosecution must prove an act and an intent. The intent element makes all the difference between a crime and an accident. But with drug crimes, the intent is either irrelevant or implied. If you have drugs in your car, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove they are your drugs. If there is a sufficient quantity of drugs, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove you intended to sell; the weight implies as much. Your drug crime attorney must be able to assess the facts of your case and determine whether an affirmative defense, requiring you to prove someone else was at fault, can help your situation. It takes a great deal of experience to know whether a plea bargain is better in the long run than a futile defense at trial.
A criminal lawyer must also be able to explain the impact of a drug conviction or plea bargain on a juvenile defendant. You can trust Payas, Payas & Payas, LLP to always consider your best interests and to fully explain your options so that you can make the best choice.