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Drug Possession

Were you arrested following a highway traffic stop that seemed unusual or unnecessarily long?

Did police detain you for an extended period of time because you would not “consent” to a search of your car?

Were you investigated or arrested for something unrelated to drugs, but a pat-down search revealed drugs?

Are you involved in substance use disorder treatment and want to make sure this information will be fully considered in plea bargaining or at sentencing?

These are just a few of the situations our clients ask us about.

For more than 25 years, the lawyers at Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC have been representing clients charged with violations of New Hampshire’s laws.

Drug offenses are defined in the Controlled Drug Act, not the New Hampshire Criminal Code. In many cases, the penalty provisions for drug offenses are unique, and often involve jail sentences and significantly higher fines than most misdemeanor and felony offenses.

We have been representing clients in these cases for over 25 years.  We have successfully represented clients in jury trials, in motions to suppress unlawfully seized evidence, and at the Supreme Court on appeal.  Whether your case involves a violation of your Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure, or taking steps to prevent a drug dependency issue from having long-term and unfair consequences, we would be glad to help.

If you have been accused of drug offense or charged with the possession or sale of drugs, call 603-775-7570 to speak to one of our experienced defense attorneys.

With the exception of simple possession of marijuana, almost all other drug offense are felonies, and carry a potential for a state prison sentence. Additionally, the mandatory minimum penalties increase for persons with prior drug convictions.

Some offenses, such as possessing a controlled drug in a motor vehicle, are also defined in the motor vehicle code, and a conviction for possessing drugs in a motor vehicle will often carry a mandatory 60 day loss of license for a first offense.

A conviction for drug possession – even marijuana possession – can result in a loss of student financial aid.

Drug cases may also involve a civil component, as the state or federal government may seek the forfeiture of drug assets or proceeds.

Whether the case involves possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, or the distribution and sale of heroin or prescription drugs, we have experience handling those cases.  The world of drug charges often includes confidential informants (CI’s), wiretaps, and the search and seizure of property.  Our advocacy includes aggressively challenging unlawful searches of homes and vehicles, but also guiding clients who need treatment to counselors (LADC’s), rehabilitation programs, and other providers.

If you are looking for legal representation by seasoned criminal defense lawyers who have experience with the people and complex legal issues of this world, give us a call – (603) 775-7570.  Our lawyers are licensed in both State and Federal courts.

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