If you're facing drug charges in Utah, speak with a qualified drug defense attorney for free advice on how to win your case.
Drug offenses in Utah carry significant penalties upon conviction, including both misdemeanor and felony charges. At Utah Freedom Fighters, our Salt Lake City drug defense attorney has extensive experience representing clients on state and federal drug charges throughout Utah. Our goal in every case is to minimize the risk of punishment through proactive representation, even before charges are even filed. If you have been arrested for a drug offense in Salt Lake City or the state of Utah, contact our experienced defense attorney to review your case for free today.
Experience matters when it comes to protecting your rights. Our defense attorney, Sean B. Druyon, has over two decades of experience in defending clients against various criminal charges in Utah. We have fought and won at every level of court, including the supreme court and courts of appeals. We have the knowledge, skill, and expertise to help you win your case.
We are dedicated to always doing what is in the best interest of our clients. We have built a reputation for providing quality representation tailored to the needs and goals of each client. Our expert defense attorney has a 99.5% client success rate and a proven track record of success representing clients in all types of criminal matters.
As a former prosecutor himself, our defense attorney has tried hundreds of cases from the other side and knows exactly how the prosecution works. His previous prosecuting experience provides valuable insight on what a winning defense strategy takes. He knows how to dominate the courtroom and won’t be intimidated by prosecutors or judges.
We have successfully handled over 3,500+ criminal defense cases throughout Utah. We are previous recipients of the AVVO client’s choice award for the top DUI lawyer in Salt Lake City. We’ve tried thousands of cases and are proud to have never had a bar complaint or an ineffective assistance of counsel claim, ever!
When your freedom is at stake, you deserve the best legal representation you can get to protect your rights. Utah Freedom Fighters fights aggressively in and out of the courtroom to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. We will do everything it takes to have your charges reduced or even dropped.
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Our Salt Lake City drug defense attorney has successfully defended clients against an extensive range of drug-related crimes in Utah. Some of the most common types of drug crimes we have successfully defended include:
Drug possession is the unlawful act of knowingly and intentionally holding or carrying controlled substances, including marijuana, opioids, cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy or methamphetamine.
Charges for drug distribution are the unlawful sale or distribution of any controlled substance, including medications that you have a legal prescription for. This includes the act of producing, dispensing, or manufacturing controlled substances.
An individual can face drug paraphernalia charges for possessing or distributing equipment used for illegal drugs, including bongs, pipes, scales, baggies, or syringes.
DUI charges in Utah don’t just apply to driving under the influence of alcohol. A person can also be arrested for a drug DUI or operating a vehicle while under the influence of any drug. If convicted, the penalties are the same as an alcohol-related DUI offense.
Prescription fraud is a drug crime that involves illegally obtaining or using prescription drugs through fraudulent means. This includes altering or forging a prescription, doctor shopping, stealing prescription pads, and impersonating a medical professional.
The best way to beat drug charges in Utah is by having an experienced drug defense attorney by your side. After decades of defending clients against drug crimes, our defense attorney has put together the top 8 ways to beat your drug charge:
This is only applicable if the police found the drugs or paraphernalia in your car. Oftentimes the police will do a “wall stop,” which is code for making up a reason to stop a vehicle by saying a traffic violation was seen, such as speeding or failure to turn on a signal. These are violations that are nearly impossible to contest because it is often your word versus the officer’s word. The police then start launching into questions unrelated to the purpose of the stop, such as inquiring whether you have drugs and/or alcohol in the car.
It’s unconstitutional for the police to start asking questions beyond the reason for the initial stop. Their hope is to get you to start talking so they can claim you were incoherent, nervous, giving inconsistent explanations, not making sense to them, etc. This helps them justify pulling you out of the vehicle so that they can search it.
The police extended the reasonableness of the stop by waiting too long for the drug dogs to come sniff your vehicle out. Sometimes it takes several minutes for a drug dog to come out to the scene, which can be an unreasonable “seizure” of your person beyond what the constitution permits.
The police must read your Miranda rights (i.e. the right to remain silent, right to have an attorney present, etc.) before arresting and detaining you. If the police have you detained outside of your vehicle, say you are not free to leave, and start asking incriminating questions — you may have evidence obtained thereafter suppressed or thrown out. This evidently throws out the state’s case against you.
The police did not have enough probable cause to arrest you, making the search incident to your arrest illegal.
This means the drugs or paraphernalia could be attributed to another passenger in the vehicle. If other people are in the vehicle, then the evidence has to be linked to you. If another passenger is close to the drugs and/or paraphernalia, or if another passenger testifies that it is either his or another passenger’s and that that other person shifted the contraband from their vicinity to closer to your vicinity, then the case against you would be undermined. Likewise, if the contraband was found in another passenger’s backpack or duffle bag, then the state’s case against you is also undermined.
The drug-sniffing dogs either had a false hit or were cued by the handler to “alert” on your vehicle. Many times the dog handlers have trained the K-9s to “alert” upon seeing a certain mannerism the handler exhibits. Other times the dog just hits on a few areas of the vehicle, where no drugs are even located, creating reasonable doubt that the K-9 being used was really alerting due to the detection of drugs, or whether the handler was cuing it.
The chain of custody was broken, rendering the lab results questionable. If the property custodian has not properly documented the chain of custody paperwork, then the drug evidence can be thrown out.
There are many other ways to win a possession of drug and/or paraphernalia case, such as inadequate and defective confidential informant tip, insufficient probable cause due to defective affidavit in support of search warrant (search of home), etc.
From the possession of a small amount of marijuana to the trafficking of cocaine across state lines, our law firm has experience protecting the rights of our clients, regardless of the type or amount of drugs involved. If you have been arrested for a drug charge in Salt Lake City or the state of Utah, it’s important to speak with a drug defense lawyer as soon as possible. We offer free case reviews to help you learn more about your options for resolving these drug charges and expert advice on how to win your case. Get in touch today for a free case review!
If you’re charged with a crime in Utah, you legally have the right to defend yourself. However, it’s always in your best interest to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you. Hiring a skilled lawyer like ours can make the difference between a conviction and having your charges dropped.
Criminal defense attorneys specialize in defending clients that have been accused of a crime. Some of the things a defense lawyer will do for you includes, but is not limited to:
You should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney if you’ve been arrested, charged with a crime, subjected to a search, interrogated by police, or involved in a criminal investigation. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the more that can be done to build an effective defense.
The cost of a criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City will depend on the type of crime, the complexity of the case, and the attorney’s level of experience. Less experienced lawyers offer the cheapest fees to attract new clients, while more experienced lawyers charge slightly more. It’s important to remember that the cost of hiring a criminal defense attorney is often far less than that of a conviction.
We are committed to making the best legal representation within reach to everyone. We provide quality legal representation at one of the most affordable rates in Salt Lake City. Our criminal defense attorney has successfully defended clients against criminal charges for over 20 years. We are proud to offer 2-3 times less than other attorneys in the area with similar levels of experience.