Drug trafficking charges are incredibly serious. Generally speaking, drug trafficking is both a felony and a federal crime — and that means that prosecutors usually seek significant prison time for those convicted of their charges.
As scary as your situation may be, there are valid defenses available when you’re charged with trafficking. Some of the most common include:
1. You aren’t the owner of the drugs
“Those drugs aren’t mine!” may seem like a flimsy defense, but it’s really not. Maybe your bags got switched at the airport. Maybe the rental car you have was packed with drugs before you ever picked it up. People end up being unwitting drug “mules” all the time.
2. You had no idea you were carrying drugs
This also happens. Maybe your boyfriend asked you to drop off a package to someone’s house and you simply never asked what was in it. You had no idea you were part of a drug supply until you were arrested and saw what was in the package.
3. Those weren’t actually drugs in your possession
Sometimes police officers jump to conclusions that are just wrong. That box of loose-leaf tea you’re bringing home as a gift, for example, could be mistaken as drugs. It may even produce a false positive result on the roadside tests, on which officers often base arrests.
4. You were under some kind of duress
Sometimes people get involved in drug trafficking because they have no real choice. The drug cartels aren’t shy about using force against someone (or their family) when they want something.
Naturally, these aren’t the only possible defenses. What kind of defense applies to your case will also be very fact-specific. It’s important to talk over every detail of your situation with an experienced defense attorney when you’re charged with drug trafficking.