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Aggressive South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyer Opposes Drug Crime Allegations

Determined advocacy for clients facing controlled substance charges

If you have been arrested on a drug charge, The Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. can safeguard your constitutional rights and advise you about what to expect. South Dakota law is complicated, with charges based a variety of factors including the specific substance involved and whether the allegation involves personal use and actual or intended sale. From my office in Rapid City, I deliver unyielding advocacy for every client. Many drug-related cases hinge on evidentiary matters, and investigating these issues can get more difficult with time. So if you’ve been accused of a drug crime, immediate help from an experienced criminal defender can be the difference between a successful result and a harsh punishment.

Knowledgeable counsel for cases involving all types of drugs

South Dakota criminal law has five classes or “schedules” of controlled substances, with Schedule I representing the most serious substances based on physical danger and likelihood of abuse. If you face drug charges for any of these commonly used substances, the penalties vary:

  • Marijuana — Unlike some other states, South Dakota still regards possession of a small amount of marijuana as a crime. Holding more than two ounces is a felony and can trigger more serious penalties.
  • Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance — In South Dakota, you can be charged with a felony for the unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance.
  • Prescription drugs — Depending on the specific drug, the unlawful possession of a prescription pharmaceutical can carry a prison sentence. If you have been charged, I can advise you on the classification that pertains to you.

For any illegal substance, The Law Office of Jamy Patterson LLC is a Rapid City criminal defense lawyer who can explain what penalties exist and provide you with the strongest possible defense.

Strong legal support for people accused of possession, sale and trafficking

I am always focused on giving my clients the best chance to succeed. In drug cases, I can urge the court to consider treatment rather than jail time in a sentence. This can turn someone’s life around and avoid the stiff repeat offender penalties associated with drug possession and sale. Even if the drug found in your possession was for personal use, certain amounts of some drugs can be used as evidence of intent to sell. That exposes people to much more severe penalties, often prison terms of several years. With the stakes this high, you need a dedicated advocate who will fight at trial or in plea-bargaining negotiations to get you the fairest possible result.

Skilled assistance opposing criminal conspiracy accusations

Conspiracy charges are sometimes brought when sufficient evidence does not exist to prosecute someone for the underlying crime. When authorities try to twist innocent conversations or actions into something sinister, I can help by investigating and presenting the actual nature of what occurred.

Contact a Rapid City drug crime defense attorney for a free initial consultation

For strong defense against any kind of drug accusation, The Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. in Rapid City can help you. I represent clients in criminal law matters throughout western South Dakota. Call (605) 519-5862 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.