It may be your worst nightmare come to fruition. It certainly is on the shortlist of the most dreaded circumstances for many. To face accusation for a crime that you didn’t commit, to be found guilty and face the embarrassment, the disappointment and the far-reaching legal ramifications of an offense you were innocent of. No one believes you, or even if your family does, the media and almost everyone else now treats you as a common criminal. And now you have a record.
Yet people are sentenced and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. It is a failing of the justice system and some attorneys devote their careers to freeing such unfortunate people. But the stigma is never lifted. When it comes to drug charges, how can an innocent person come to be arrested?
There are actually an infinite number of ways. For example, what if you woke up late for class and grabbed your roommate’s jeans? You realized they weren’t yours but you didn’t have time to chase down another pair. You then rush through traffic, perhaps driving erratically because of endless delays and construction congestion.
That’s when you see a cop’s light behind you and you slam your fist on the steering wheel, thinking you might be able to plead your way out of a speeding ticket but you will never convince your professor to let you make up that mid-semester test.
Imagine now that the police officer has probable cause, based upon your erratic driving and overly-stressed response, to think you might be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Now imagine that your university-assigned roommate had a little baggy of pills in his jeans pocket.
You can see where things can go upside down fast from there. While this is just one scenario, there are countless that could put an innocent person in handcuffs. If you ever find yourself in such a predicament, find a New York attorney knowledgeable in criminal law and backed with substantial court victories. It is now the prosecutor’s turn to prove you knew about the drugs and your attorney may be able to help you get your charges dropped.