Getting arrested for a
drug crime could be a life-changing experience. Depending on the circumstances surrounding
your charges, there may be effective options to get your charges reduced
or the case dismissed entirely.
If you are not familiar with the law, however, you might not be aware of
what actions would be best to take. Those first few hours after your arrest
could ultimately determine how your entire case unfolds.
The following are some basic guidelines which apply to anyone who has been
arrested on drug charges in Alaska:
The Right to Remain Silent
You are not required to say anything at the time of your arrest. If you
are later charged with a drug crime, anything to say to police can be
held against you in court.
It is imperative to understand that you should not discuss your case with
anyone by your lawyer. Do not let law enforcement intimidate you during
questioning. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a friendly chat when
speaking with the police either before or after your arrest.
Understanding Your Charges
Besides consulting with your attorney, there is little you can do until
you know the exact charges against you. Drug charges come in various forms,
depending on the type of drug and the quantity.
The most common drug offense which people face is
possession, simply meaning that you have a drug on your person or on the property
which you occupied at the time of your arrest. The prosecution must prove
that you knew that the drug was there and had the intention of possessing it.
What About Marijuana?
In November 2014, Alaska voters adopted an initiative – Ballot Measure
2 – which legalizes the personal, nonmedicinal use of marijuana
in the state. Adults age 21 or older may possess up to one ounce of marijuana
and grow up to six plants for personal use.
If you are arrested on a drug charge in Alaska,
contact our Anchorage criminal defense attorney at
Denali Law Group and schedule a
free consultation today.