Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Firm Fights Drug Crimes Charges for You
Protecting your constitutional rights in Salt Lake City
When you’ve been accused of drug crimes, you need a firm that understands the nuances of Utah’s drug laws and how these charges differ from mainstream criminal proceedings. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we have attorneys who are experienced in this area and know the system well.
Types of charges
We are a criminal defense law firm that handles state and federal drug charges, including possession, distribution, trafficking, illegal manufacturing and drug sale charges. These charges can affect you for years into the future, so we try to gain every advantage for you and your reputation.
- Drug possession cases— Possession is the most common charge in drug cases. Any conviction of a drug charge carries a six-month license suspension.
- Federal charges— Federal charges can be brought for most drug crimes under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 807 et seq). Federal charges carry more serious penalties. We can identify mitigating factors in your case and get your case moved to drug court if it qualifies.
- Distribution cases— Distribution can be a misdemeanor or a serious felony, depending on the amount and type of drug. Distribution charges carry more significant consequences than most possession charges, so you need an advocate in your corner.
- Criminal consequences— An experienced defender can help you plead down your charges and keep serious charges and penalties, such as gun restrictions that affect your right to bear arms or driver license restrictions, off your record. Utah’s drug court is another viable option for qualified defendants.
Penalties for Drug Convictions
Drug crimes range from simple Misdemeanors to serious Felony Possession or Distribution charges. A conviction of a drug charge can result in the following:
- Large fines
- Drug treatment and testing
- Community service
- Jail sentence
- Prison sentence
Collateral Consequences of Drug Convictions
Drug Possession Convictions have several collateral consequences:
- Possible Charges of DUI/Driving with Metabolites Charge if drugs are found in your vehicle.
- Loss of driver’s license for six months
- Loss of CDL
- Possible deportation, removal and admissibility immigration consequences
- Loss of Job
- Loss of Student financial aid
- Loss of gun rights
- Loss of voting rights
Knowledgeable Defense Attorney
A knowledgeable defense attorney is critical. Whether or not you believe you are guilty of a drug offense, our attorneys can help you with your case to eliminate or lessen the effects of charges on your future. It is possible to keep both misdemeanor and felony charges off of your record or have those charges reduced to escape the severe collateral consequences of a drug conviction. If you have been charged with a drug crime, call us today or contact us online to find out how we can help you.
The experienced drug crimes defense lawyers at Smart, Schofield, Shorter can help minimize the effect drug crimes charges have on your life as you try to move forward.
Call a Salt Lake City drug crimes defense attorney to protect your future
Not all charges are alike, and neither are all defendants. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we get the court to see your side of the story and your unique circumstances. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, call 801-747-0647 today or contact us online to find out how we can help you.