It is important for accused individuals to understand the criminal defense options available to them in order to reduce the charges or penalties. The Gwinnett County Police Department Gang Task Force recently led an operation that resulted in the arrests of 22 people on drug and other criminal charges. Several law enforcement agencies were involved. A recent search of a duplex allegedly discovered a variety of drugs, including cocaine, Xanax, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Tramadol, along with seven guns. An earlier shooting led authorities to the duplex.
The individuals arrested range in age from 20 to 57 and include both men and women. The charges against the accused individuals range from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony intent to distribute Schedule III and IV drugs. Of the accused individuals arrested, 14 of the 22 face felony charges. Other charges against the accused individuals may still be pending.
The penalties for felony drug charges can be harsh and the consequences can last a lifetime. Individuals accused of drug crimes can face years behind bars, as well as a variety of challenges related to housing, employment and other concerns of daily life. All drug charges are serious and should be regarded as such. Accused individuals should carefully consider their criminal defense options when facing criminal charges. Criminal defense challenges can be based on rights violations committed by authorities or challenges to evidence that is being used against the accused individual.
There are several different approaches to develop a criminal defense strategy in response to drug charges and related allegations and accusations. No criminal case is exactly the same, which is why it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and options and how they relate to their specific circumstances and situation.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post, "Lawrenceville gang investigation leads to arrest of 22 suspects," Cailin O'Brien, Feb. 21, 2017