Transportation of drugs charges are generally very serious, and a conviction can have a deleterious effect on many aspects of your life. A conviction may well lead to a term behind bars. The transportation charge can in addition to the possession charge.
New Hampshire Transportation Penalties
New Hampshire RSA 265-A:43 makes it illegal to knowingly have in your possession or in any part of the vehicle a controlled drug while traveling in the state. Violating this law could result in being charged with a class “A” misdemeanor or class “B” misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for a class A misdemeanor is a $2,000 fine and 12 months in jail. A class B misdemeanor could result in a maximum fine of $1,200. In addition, the court may issue a license suspension that lasts from at least 60 days to 2 years. When you are convicted for transporting a controlled drug, it is a major motor vehicle offense and six demerit points will be added to your driving record.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Drug Charges
For drug cases, it is important to carefully analyze police conduct throughout the investigation. A criminal defense attorney will find out if there are any constitutional search and seizure violations. If your vehicle was pulled over by law enforcement, was there sufficient basis to search the vehicle? Did you give the police officer permission to search the vehicle? When you were arrested and taken into police custody, did a police officer inform you of your Miranda rights?
A skilled criminal defense lawyer thoroughly examines all of these potential legal issues. If the police officers failed to comply with the laws and standard procedures, the evidence and statements they obtained as a result of their actions could potentially be suppressed by the court. By weakening the prosecutor's case, it is easier for your attorney to possibly get the charges reduced or have the entire case dismissed. Retaining an experienced attorney as your advocate throughout the proceedings can substantially influence the outcome of your case.
Get Legal Assistance from a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with transporting drugs, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Schedule a consultation at the Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber by calling (603) 880-6100. We will give you the personalized attention you need and aggressively fight the charges filed against you.