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.