Omaha criminal defense lawyer, provides reliable counsel in drug cases
If you have been arrested for a drug-related crime in Nebraska or Iowa, you face a host of serious penalties. Depending on the drug involved and the nature of the alleged crime (possession, distribution or trafficking, manufacturing, and/or conspiracy), you may be facing felony charges that carry the potential of significant jail time and heavy fines. The penalties are greater if this is not your first offense or if a minor is involved. An Omaha criminal defense lawyer, with experience handling Omaha drug crimes, can have a big impact on the outcome of your case. Here are some of the ways I work to help my Omaha drug clients:
Early investigation is critical
As early as possible, I take steps to learn the facts and circumstances surrounding my client’s arrest and determine the strength of government’s case. In most cases, I will:
- Meet with my client to learn his or her version of the events surrounding the arrest;
- Obtain and review the arrest warrant, if any;
- Obtain and review the search warrant, if any, and any supporting documents;
- Talk with the arresting officer, to learn what the police are telling the prosecutor; and
- Visit the scene of the arrest.
With all of these investigative efforts, I am trying to answer key questions about the case, including:
- How did the arrest occur?
- Was an informant involved?
- Was an undercover officer involved?
- Were weapons involved?
- Were the drugs tested in the field?
- Was anyone else arrested?
- What were the circumstances of the search?
- Did the police have a warrant?
- What gave the officers probable cause to search?
- What exactly was found – what type of drugs, in what quantity?
- In addition to the drugs, was anything else seized?
- A car?
- Other items?
- Have you made any statements to the police or prosecutor? Has a co-defendant made any statements to the police or prosecutor?
Carefully weigh your legal options
A thorough investigation helps me counsel my clients on all their legal options. In many drug cases, the prosecutor is willing to strike a deal with a suspect, in exchange for his or her testifying against or providing information about other drug suspects. This decision often has to be made quickly and early in the case, before a co-defendant makes a deal or the information my client has goes stale. A detailed investigation helps my client make an informed decision about whether to cooperate or to push ahead toward trial. Sometimes, the investigation reveals facts that suggest the evidence against client was obtained in violation of his or her constitutional rights – e.g., the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent; the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. In those cases,You can file a motion to suppress the evidence. If the evidence is suppressed, it cannot be used against you. Without this illegally obtained evidence (e.g., without the drugs), the charges may be dismissed for lack of evidence.
Contact Omaha criminal defense lawyer
If you have been arrested for a Nebraska drug crime, an experienced Omaha criminal defense lawyer can help protect your rights, evaluate your legal options, and resolve the matter as expeditiously and favorably as possible. Over the past two decades, We have helped people just like you fight Nebraska and federal drug charges. You can count on our knowledge and experience. If you would like us to review your case, please use the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.