Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Those charged with drug crimes need to understand that the deck is strongly stacked against them. Kentucky has historically had some of the harshest possession laws in the country. Trafficking penalties are harsher. A conviction for any drug crime will have serious consequences that will follow you for the rest of your life.
No matter how limited or how severe the charges against you, it is imperative that you have the representation of an experienced drug crimes attorney. I am Gary Stewart, and I have more than 25 years trying cases in state and federal courts. I have tried more than 80 cases before juries and successfully defended many clients in cases involving cocaine, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
Experienced Defense Against A Wide Range Of Drug Crimes
I am in the courtrooms of Kentucky week in and week out, defending clients charged with many drug-related crimes. The two most common are:
Possession: The overwhelming majority of drug violation arrests are for possession of a controlled substance. Criminal drug charges can damage education, housing and job opportunities, and people of color are disproportionately arrested for drug violations.
Trafficking: The most severe drug laws in Kentucky relate to trafficking, or dealing or trading in an illegal substance. When you’ve been accused of trafficking, you need a legal ally with skills honed at trial.
Intensive Advocacy Focused On Your Rights
Frequent violations of constitutional rights in the effort to arrest and prosecute have led some to call the war on drugs, a war on the Bill of Rights. More so than any other type of case, clients charged with drug offenses may have had their constitutional rights violated, in large part due to the overzealous tactics used by law enforcement to pursue these crimes.
Unreasonable searches and seizures can be thrown out of court when the search was not based on probable cause. This is one instance in which I can mount a strong defense.
My goal is to protect your rights and your future by seeking mitigated charges, an acquittal or a dismissal of your case whenever possible.