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An arrest doesn't necessarily mean a drug crime was committed

If an Illinois police officer puts you in handcuffs and charges you with a criminal offense, it doesn't necessarily mean you will be convicted. In fact, in a situation where police suspect a drug crime has taken place, a person may wind up walking away without ever seeing the inside of a jail cell. Whether that happens, or a far less desirable outcome occurs, often depends on the type of defense presented in court.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, and you also enjoy other constitutional rights during and after an arrest. For instance, unless exceptions apply (such as he or she witnesses a crime taking place) a police officer cannot enter your home without permission and start rummaging through your personal belongings without just cause. You are also not required to provide answers to any questions that may incriminate you in court. In such circumstances, it's perfectly acceptable to request legal representation.

It's no secret that prosecutors can be quite tenacious in their quests to secure convictions where drug-related charges are concerned. For this and many other reasons, it's often best to act alongside experienced and aggressive assistance. A savvy lawyer can spot opportunity to combat prosecution tactics in order to gain the upper hand in a defendant's favor.

Being accused of a drug crime is a serious matter, but needn't destroy your entire future. Ralph E. Meczyk & Associates serves clients throughout Illinois by implementing various defense strategies as they apply to individual situations. Your personal freedom and constitutional rights are of paramount importance to us, and we are prepared to help you achieve the best outcome possible.

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