A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. sentenced Ohio man Michael T. McGee, 43, to 262 months in prison. After a three-day jury trial, the Steubenville defendant was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. McGee also has prior convictions for armed robbery and cocaine and marijuana trafficking.
If you are arrested for a drug crime — possession, distribution, trafficking — seek professional legal help. Depending on the drug and quantity, you could be facing multiple charges, which could result in a lengthy prison sentence like the one that Michael T. McGee received.
To improve your chances of avoiding a drug crime conviction, follow the tips below:
Get legal help — The moment police arrest you — or the moment you suspect law enforcement is investigating you — secure representation from a defense attorney. You need to act swiftly to maximize your options.
Never consent to a search — If police ask to search your home, do not consent. The fact that they are asking means that they do not have a warrant, and you are not legally obligated to comply with their request.
Never talk to police — If you are arrested, you should say nothing to the police without first consulting your lawyer. If police attempt to question you, politely invoke your right to remain silent and request to call your attorney.
Drug charges can have serious consequences. And remember, if you have a previous drug conviction, are caught selling to a minor or distributing within 1000 feet of a school or 100 feet of a juvenile, your charge could be upgraded and your prison time and fines increased. An attorney can advocate for you throughout the process and help minimize the penalties you face.