Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Sep 29, 2009 in Criminal Law
The War on Drugs officially began in 1973 under orders from President Nixon, and since that time more than $2.5 trillion has been spent in an effort to enforce the ever-expanding list of drug laws. Part of this war included the creation of the Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, and experts would argue that the results have been mixed.
What is real, though, is that Arizona has followed the lead of the federal government and has continued to impose tougher drug laws with stiffer punishments in reaction to the public outcry to deal with this issue. Given that Arizona is a border state, the pressure is only ramped up on officials whose continuance in elected office at least partly depends on their willingness and ability to continue the War on Drugs on a state level.
As such, the police will work relentlessly to investigate and ultimately arrest a suspect believed to be involved in the drug trade, and that includes executing searches, turning witnesses in their favor and compiling huge piles of evidence to be sent to the District Attorneys office in an effort to obtain an indictment from a grand jury.
When an indictment is issued, the prosecutor will sometimes charge the defendant with the most serious crime allowed in an effort to open the negotiation process towards a plea bargain. It is for all of these reasons and more that if you face drug charges in Arizona, you need the help of a skilled and experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney.
A defense attorney will be able to analyze the evidence thats available, including witness statements, decide how and if its advisable to fight for your innocence or to pursue a plea bargain thats fair and generally help you through the process by making sure that none of your rights as guaranteed by the Constitution go unprotected or unasserted.
If you find yourself being questioned by police in relation to drug charges in Arizona, you need to immediately and respectfully invoke your rights to remain silent and to retain an attorney, and you need to contact the criminal defense lawyers at Montano Arentz & Associates, PLLC. The firm can meet with you at any time and in any place, and it also offers flexible payment plans, as money should not be a barrier to justice. Contact the firm today.
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