Bowman & Smith P.C. Attorneys At Law

Drug Smuggling and Trafficking

State and federal laws  are  extremely  harsh  on  individuals  who  are convicted of

selling, illegally  importing,  transporting,   or  otherwise  possessing  or  distributing

controlled substances such as marijuana,  c o c a i n e,  heroine, methamphetamine,

hallucinogens, and "club drugs". If you or a loved one has been accused of a drug

crime, the best way to protect your interests  is to obtain the early advice and legal

counsel of a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney.


As specialized  criminal  defense  attorneys  handling  cases  in  Yuma,  Arizona and

Imperial County, CA, we represent  individuals  who have been charged with, or are

under investigation  for,  drug  smuggling,  drug  trafficking,  and  related  offenses.

Arizona  and  California,  both  border  states,  are  considered  high  intensity  drug

trafficking  areas.  Arizona  alone  shares  a  370-mile  border  with  Mexico  and  is

considered a national-level  distribution  center  for  controlled substances. It is also

the second leading state (behind Texas)  in  the total quantity of illegal drugs seized

in the United States (2002).


In Arizona and California, drug crimes are  subject  to increasingly severe penalties

under state and  federal  laws.  Several  f e d e r a l  laws  enacted  in recent years

including The Patriot  Act  and  The  Civil  Asset  Forfeiture  Reform Act of 2000 also

make it easier for law enforcement and  tougher on those accused of drug offenses.

Mandatory minimums  have  gotten  increasingly  stringent  and  incarceration rates

have swelled under the so-called War on Drugs.


DrugsCriminal defense  attorneys,  like those

at Bowman  &  S m i t h,  work  hard to

protect  the   constitutional   rights  and

legal interests of those accused of drug

smuggling, trafficking, and  r e l a t e d



Whether you are  a  first  time offender

c h a r g e d   with  possession of illegal

substances  for   personal  use  or  face

much more serious charges, we are  prepared to protect your rights and obtain the

best results possible in your  case.  Our  criminal  defense  attorneys have intimate

knowledge of the strategies and techniques available to fight your case.


The following are some  elements  we  will  meticulously  investigate to develop the

best defense possible in your case:

  • Your initial contact with law enforcement:  Did the officers act lawfully?   Did they inform you of your legal rights? Were all search and seizure efforts conducted legitimately?
  • Your arrest:  Did the officers have the right to arrest you? Were your legal rights protected during this process?
  • The drugs:  Where were the drugs found? Can the prosecution prove your connection to/involvement with those drugs? Were you aware you actually had the drugs? Was a valid prescription used to obtain the drugs? Were you able to reach the drugs in the location where they were discovered? Whose drugs were they?
  • Police behavior:  Did entrapment occur? Did the police inform you of your   legal rights? Did they obey all search and seizure laws? Were their  investigations conducted properly?
  • The evidence:  Is there enough evidence to convict you? Was the evidence handled properly?

These and other elements of your case  will  be  examined to determine the best to

proceed in protecting your best  interests.  You  need  an  attorney with the utmost

experience and skill, so  that  you  have  the  best  chance  at avoiding or reducing

serious penalties. We are  effective  negotiators,  but  are  not  afraid to fight tough

when it comes to protecting  your  legal  interests.  We  have dealt with informants,

police, and aggressive prosecutors. We understand what it takes to seek justice for

you. Please contact us to obtain a  FREE  consultation with the renowned and highly

experienced attorneys at Bowman & Smith.


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