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What to Do If Caught with Marijuana

A smart defense against criminal charges doesn’t just come into play during your trial or in
strategy meetings with your lawyer. It really starts the moment the police stop you, even before
an official arrest. Below, you’ll find steps that could potentially strengthen your case if you’re
arrested for possessing marijuana.

Stay Quiet

We all have this instinct to talk our way out of trouble. However, once the police discover
marijuana with you, trying to talk your way out isn’t going to stop your arrest. Making excuses,
like not knowing there was a joint in your pocket or that the weed wasn’t yours, won’t help.
What’s more, anything you say may be used against you later. Keeping quiet doesn’t mean
you’re guilty; it just means you’re avoiding making things worse by exercising your constitutional
rights against self-incrimination.

Pay Attention to the Details

The police officers who arrest you will write the report. If there were oversights, such as
procedural errors or an unintended violation of rights, these might not be documented in their
report. Try to remember everything that happens. These details can be important when you talk
to your lawyer and might help your case.

Ask for a Lawyer Right Away

You have the right to talk to a lawyer before you answer any police questions. It’s always a bad
idea to discuss your case with the police without your lawyer. The police might try to question
you before arresting you, during the ride in the patrol car, or at the station. You can politely
refuse to answer and ask to call your lawyer.

We fight for you, and we don’t back down. Every criminal charge holds potentially life-altering
consequences. We don’t hold back on providing our clients the best possible criminal defense
available. Nearly all the attorneys at The Nelson Law Group are former Assistant District
Attorneys, so our unique insight on how the prosecution approaches cases equips us with the
ability to see the case from all sides. If you, a family member, or a close friend faces criminal
charges, contact The Nelson Law Group today at 706-434-8770 or visit us at 7004 Evans Town
Center Blvd., Third Floor, Evans, Georgia 30809 to discuss your unique case and our creative
defense strategies with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.


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