Drug Trafficking Charges in Los Lunas, New Mexico
Proven Los Lunas Drug Trafficking Lawyers
“Drug trafficking” is a term that refers to the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of illegal substances such as cocaine, MDMA, heroin, and methamphetamine as well as prescription drugs such as oxycontin. If you have been charged with drug trafficking in New Mexico, you have a serious problem. A conviction could mean years or even decades in prison, a debilitating felony record, and even deportation if you are not a US citizen.
Mere possession of certain amounts of illegal drugs will be treated as drug trafficking, even with no evidence that you intended to distribute it. If more than one state or a certain minimum quantity was involved, you may even be charged under federal law. If you have been charged with drug trafficking in New Mexico or if you are even under investigation, this is no time to fool around. You need professional legal representation immediately. Contact our experienced Los Lunas drug trafficking lawyers
The New Mexico Criminal Justice System
The New Mexico criminal justice system is, quite frankly, a beast. It is nothing like what you might expect from watching “Judge Judy” or appearing in small claims court. The rules of evidence and civil procedure are highly complex and formalized. In fact, if you are unfamiliar with them, you will not even know where to sit. And right from the beginning, the prosecution will be driving straight for the goal line – which, in your case, could mean years of prison time.
Reasonable Doubt – a Formidable Weapon in the Right Hands
If all of this sounds intimidating, don’t worry. At New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, our Los Lunas drug trafficking attorneys are intimately familiar with the tactics of the prosecutors. The one weapon you need to walk out of this, with your freedom intact, is something called reasonable doubt. This is because the prosecution must prove the charges against you “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It is our job to create reasonable doubt on your behalf. In fact, that is what we do for a living.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are Some Common Defenses Against Drug Trafficking Charges?
Depending on the circumstances, your lawyer might argue that:
- The drugs were uncovered through an illegal search.
- The drugs did not belong to you and you did not know of their presence (if you live with a roommate, for example).
- Crime lab testing revealed that the substance was not an illegal drug.
- The police misplaced the drugs, leaving the prosecutor with no persuasive evidence against you.
What is the Exclusionary Rule?
The exclusionary rule is a constitutional principle that prevents a prosecutor from using evidence against you that was seized illegally. In many (but not all) cases, it is illegal for the police to seize evidence without a warrant issued by a magistrate. Exclusion of evidence against you may or may not result in an acquittal. You can still be convicted if the remaining evidence is persuasive enough; in many cases, it isn’t.
What happens if both the federal government and the state government want to prosecute me for the same drug trafficking offense?
If both New Mexico and the federal government want to prosecute you for the same offense, the federal government has priority. This could affect the rules of evidence and civil procedure and could result in a longer sentence if you are convicted.
Is Marijuana Legal in New Mexico?
Marijuana is legal in New Mexico only for medical use. Unless you are licensed medical provider, trafficking in marijuana is a felony under New Mexico law and is punishable by up to 18 years in prison in some cases. Although trafficking in marijuana is also illegal under federal law, you will probably be charged under state law.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking in Los Lunas, New Mexico, make no mistake about it, the prosecutor has just declared war on you. And if you march into battle alone, you will be a sitting duck. We are ready to join the battle on your side. Our aggressive criminal defense lawyers will fight for every inch of ground on your behalf – all the way from the investigatory stage to trial, and even to an appeal, if necessary.
Contact our Los Lunas Drug Trafficking Lawyers to Discus your Case
Call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with us so that we can talk about your case and discuss your options. If you cannot come to our office, we can even meet you in jail. We serve clients from Cypress Gardens, Hillridge, Meadowlake Road, Tome Vista, and elsewhere in Los Lunas.