Criminal defense rights are essential rights to be familiar with. Three men from Baton Rouge are facing drug charges, including drug distribution charges, following a series of pharmacy break-ins in Louisiana and a neighboring state. The men have been accused of stealing oxycodone, hydrocodone, tapentadol, methadone and dextoamphetamine with the intent to sell the drugs. The men, ages 26, 30 and 37 were recently indicted by a grand jury. The men are charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a conspiracy charge. They are facing federal drug charges and potentially face 10 years or greater in prison for each charge.
Two of the men were stopped by police after one of the alleged break-ins. It is important to keep in mind that the criminal justice system provides a presumption of innocence until the accused individual is proven guilty. It is an important aspect of the criminal justice system because each individual accused of a crime has the right to defend against the charges against them and to challenge the evidence being used against them.
Different challenges may be appropriate as part of a strong criminal defense strategy depending on the different types of evidence being used against the accused individual. It may be necessary to challenge physical evidence or the statements of witnesses. It may also be necessary to challenge police procedures used in the collection or handling of evidence or a failure to abide by required procedures in the arrest or search process.
It is also important that when an individual has been accused of a crime, they understand they have protections and rights and should be familiar with what they are. Understanding how these rights and protections form the basis of a strong criminal defense strategy can be essential to reducing the charges or mitigating the overall potentially harsh impact of the charges being faced.
Source: SunHerald, “Federal indictment says they used sledge hammers to steal drugs,” Robin Fitzgerald, Nov. 30, 2016