Congdon Law. PLLC.

Tell The Readers About Your Practice And Your Experience In Defending People Who Have Been Charged With A Drug Crime In Minnesota

My name is Jennifer Congdon, I have been a criminal defense lawyer my entire career. I have dedicated my work to making sure that people who are charged with crimes or are under investigation receive exceptional representation. I am committed to making sure that my clients’ constitutional rights are protected, and that they attain the best possible outcome when going through the court system.

My experience in defending against drug charges is significant. It’s been one of the primary focuses of my career thus far. It tends to create some of the most interesting litigation in my line of work, which I really enjoy.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Drug Cases That Your Firm Handles?

The most common types of drug cases that my firm handles are simple possession cases where someone is alleged to be in possession of a controlled substance. The next frequent cases are drug sales or drug trafficking offenses.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Scenarios That Lead People To Being Arrested And Charged with A Drug Offense?

Most often, people are charged with drug offenses when law enforcement start to investigate something else. They then discover evidence of a drug crime. For example, if someone is pulled over for speeding, and the officer smells the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, that may lead to a search of the vehicle. The search of a vehicle could lead to the discovery of the controlled substance, and of course, criminal charges. Another common scenario is when law enforcement believes that someone is dealing, selling, or trafficking narcotics. They watch the person through surveillance and get a search warrant for a house, apartment, storage unit, vehicle, or whatever they think is holding the drugs. The search warrant leads to evidence of the controlled substance, which in turn leads to the charges.

When Can Police Legally Search A Person, Vehicle, Or Home For The Presence Of Drugs?

Law enforcement can search for the presence of drugs under a couple of scenarios. If they have a valid warrant to search the location, they are able to search. That means that they have gone to a judge and provided the judge with enough reason to believe that there will be narcotics or evidence of drug activity found in the location. As such, the judge signs off that there is probable cause for them to search that location.

Another scenario would be if law enforcement develop probable cause during the course of an investigation for something else, and there’s an exception to the warrant requirement. Generally, warrants would be required. However, if it’s a scenario where something is fast-moving or if there’s a possibility that evidence could be destroyed, law enforcement may be able to conduct their search without getting a warrant. Sometimes, we see that in vehicle cases or if someone’s being arrested and law enforcement pat-searches them to make sure that there aren’t any weapons. If they find contraband during the search, that can sometimes be a permissible search.

For more information on Drug Charges In Minnesota, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (651)-964-4512 today.

Jennifer Congdon, Esq.

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