It Ain’t Mine, I Swear! What To Expect After a Drug Arrest in Nebraska

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Originally posted on http://www.kake.com/story/40992336/it-aint-mine-i-swear-what-to-expect-after-a-drug-arrest-in-nebraska

Every 20 seconds, someone is arrested for drugs in the US.

If you’re one of them, what should you do?

In this post, we’ll tell you. Read on to find out how the justice system works, and how to navigate it to handle your drug arrest the right way.

What Happens After a Drug Arrest

If you or someone you know is under arrest for drugs, this is the process you’ll go through.

Jail Time

Whether you’re caught in a drug raid or stopped and searched on the street, you’ll go through the same process. First, an officer will read you your Miranda rights and place you under arrest.

During this time, it’s important that you remain calm and cooperative. Otherwise, you could incur further charges.

After that, they’ll transport you to a police station, where you’ll be able to make one phone call. Then, they’ll put you in a jail cell.

Officers may interview you in an attempt to get more information about your case. Remember that you can always refuse to answer any questions until you have a lawyer present.

Charges

The charges you receive will depend on the following factors:

  • Which drugs are involved
  • The amount of drugs involved
  • Whether or not it’s your first offense
  • Whether you’re possessing, manufacturing or selling drugs

For example, if you’re in possession of 1 oz or less of marijuana, you’ll receive an infraction for a first offense. If this happens a second or a third time, the charge becomes a misdemeanor. If you have more than 1 lb, it becomes a felony.

The sale or manufacture of any amount of drugs will automatically result in a felony charge.

Bail

The court will decide whether or not to grant you bail. If you’re able to post bail, you’ll go home to await your trial.

If the judge decides not to grant you bail, you’ll have to remain in jail until your court date.

Potential Penalties

A misdemeanor for possession could result in jail time of up to 3 months and a fine of up to $500. However, a felony for possession carries a 5-year jail term and a maximum fine of $10,000.

For sale or manufacture, the mandatory minimum is a one-year jail sentence. However, the maximum penalty is a life sentence with a fine of $25,000.

Talk to an Attorney

No matter the nature or severity of your case, it’s absolutely essential that you seek legal assistance.

A good lawyer will guide you through the legal process and build a strong case to help you fight your charges.

Don’t just hire any attorney. Make sure you get someone who is well-versed in Nebraska’s drug laws, with a good track record of successfully defending previous clients. Visit this firm to get the help you need.

If you are unable to afford legal counsel of your own, you will be given a court-appointed lawyer to help you with your case.

Fight Your Case

A drug arrest can be an extremely stressful experience, especially if the drugs aren’t yours.

Mistakes can happen. Sometimes, officers think they’ve found drugs, but tests later reveal that they were wrong.

This happened to a quarterback earlier this month. Read the story of how officers mistook bird poop for cocaine on his car.

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