Concord Drug Crime Lawyers
Defend Your Rights from Criminal Drug Charges
Police and prosecutors aggressively prosecute drug crimes in Concord, New Hampshire. Oftentimes, the penalties for a conviction can seem unduly harsh. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could face jail or prison time and a lengthy criminal record. You must take steps right now to defend yourself and your freedom.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is proud of its experienced drug criminal defense team. Our Concord drug crime attorneys have been serving clients throughout the region for over forty years. We have built our reputation on aggressively defending drug offenses by exploring creative solutions, and diversionary opportunities, identifying common constitutional defects, and taking our cases to trial when necessary If you’re facing drug charges in Concord, defend yourself now with our help.
Call (603) 819-4231 to request a confidential case consultation with our firm.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
Drug investigations and prosecutions require experience to defend because of their complexity. Drug cases often involve search and seizures, cooperating informants, and the latest in law enforcement investigative techniques. Our drug crime defense lawyers have been working with and against local law enforcement and prosecutors for years, developing an understanding of their investigative techniques and relationships that help us protect our clients. Don’t lose hope.
Team up with our Concord drug crime defense attorneys at your first opportunity. We are here to handle all aspects of your defense, so you don’t need to stress about legalese and different options that might be available to you.
Our Concord drug crime lawyers can help by:
- Reviewing the charges brought against you.
- Collecting evidence to use in your defense.
- Looking for ways to dismiss the prosecution’s evidence.
- Representing you in hearings and the trial.
- Working to reduce any sentencing penalties you face.
- Entering a favorable plea deal if wanted.
Defending Against All Drug Crime Charges
Shaheen & Gordon is a Concord law firm that has some of the most experienced drug crime attorneys in New Hampshire. Thanks to our large team of attorneys and support staff, we stand ready to help with virtually any drug crime case. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, talk to us first about how to defend yourself.
Different types of drug crimes and charges include the following and more:
- Possession: The act of having an illegal substance on your person or in your personal control, such as in your bedroom or vehicle.
- Distribution: The act of selling or otherwise distributing an illegal substance to another person or party. In large amounts, drug distribution could become ‘drug trafficking.’ It can also be called ‘sale or possession with intent to sell.’
- Manufacture: The act of creating an illegal substance, often for distribution. When regarding marijuana, the drug manufacturing could become ‘drug cultivation.’
New Hampshire Marijuana Crimes
The possession of marijuana remains illegal in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has only decriminalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana for those over 21 years of age. Specifically, possession of less than 0.75 oz of marijuana is considered a non-criminal violation for which there is a modest fine. A larger amount of marijuana or repeated possession infractions can result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances. Marijuana crimes relating to selling or distributing the drug to others are usually charged as felonies.
Drug Schedules in Concord, NH
In Concord, New Hampshire, federal drug schedules are used to categorize various substances. The category of a substance can affect the severity of drug crime charges filed against you.
Drug schedules as set by federal law and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are:
- Schedule I: Heroin, LSD, marijuana, psilocybin, and others; considered the most severe schedule.
- Schedule II: Oxycodone, cocaine, fentanyl, meth, and raw opium.
- Schedule III: Ketamine, anabolic steroids, and others.
- Schedule IV: Barbital, diazepam, lorazepam, and others.
- Schedule V: Drugs with non-narcotic active ingredients; considered the least severe schedule.
Drug Crime Penalties Upon Conviction
Our job as Concord drug crime attorneys is to protect you from the consequences of a criminal conviction to the fullest extent possible. We prioritize avoiding incarceration, protecting your criminal record, and doing so in a cost-effective manner. We pursue diversionary outcomes in many drug cases in order to avoid criminal convictions through participation in drug counseling and other programming. In certain cases, we identify constitutional violations to negotiate favorable results or research and draft pre-trial motions to suppress evidence and seek the dismissal of the charges against you. The process of negotiating and plea bargaining can also be fruitful in drug cases to identify opportunities to cooperate or resolve cases on favorable terms. Other times, trials are necessary and, when they are, our criminal defense team has significant experience preparing to present a forceful defense in the courtroom. We work with our clients to understand their options and then execute a plan to pursue a favorable result.
If you are convicted of a drug crime, the criminal penalties could include:
- Significant jail or prison sentences
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Convictions on your criminal record
- Seizure and potential forfeiture of crime-related property
Defense Strategies Against Drug Crime Charges
At Shaheen & Gordon, we believe in one simple yet important truth: everyone deserves an aggressive defense against drug charges. The prosecution and criminal investigators might try to convince you otherwise and intimidate you into admitting guilt even when you think you did nothing wrong. If you have our Concord drug crime attorneys in your corner, we won’t let them push you around. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proving guilt is on the state. Our criminal defense lawyers regularly defend drug charges and pursue outcome-oriented results by working with our clients to understand their priorities and to develop a strategy to realize them.
A few defenses that we might use for your drug crime case are:
- Unlawful search and seizure: Many drug crime charges depend on the physical evidence confiscated by criminal investigators. If the evidence was not collected lawfully – such as taking it without a warrant or entering your premises without due cause – it might be possible to convince the court to toss it out.
- No knowledge of the substance: In some drug possession cases, it might be possible to argue that you did not know that you were in possession of the substance. For example, if the substance was found in a common area of your home, then it might have been placed there by a visitor.
- Medical immunity: New Hampshire law allows you to seek medical care if you are suffering an overdose, even if you are overdosing on an illegal substance. By doing so, you are granted immunity from criminal charges that would have otherwise arisen from the incident.
These potential defenses and others may form the basis of the strategy in your case, depending on the circumstances. Our lawyers are trained to work with you to understand your background, the facts of the case, and the legal issues that may form the basis of your defense. Our goal is to fashion the strongest defense by tailoring it to the unique circumstances of your case.
We’re Ready to Defend You – Call Now
You can get the legal help you need when you are accused of a drug crime right now. Talk to our Concord drug crimes attorneys about your options. There is no case too complicated or prosecution too aggressive for our law firm. No matter what, we want to defend you from the often harsh penalties that still apply to drug crimes in New Hampshire.
To talk with our team, dial (603) 819-4231 now.