This time of year, Americans celebrate living in “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” As Independence Day celebrations kick off across the nation, Georgia residents must remain aware that freedom doesn’t mean a person cannot get in trouble if law enforcement suspects a law has been broken. Especially when it comes to drug crimes, items in one’s home might be used as evidence.
Recently, police obtained warrants to search a Georgia residence where they allegedly has reason to believe drug activity was taking place. When the home was searched, police confirm that they found evidence of drug use and distribution. Three people were arrested as a result.
People may not be aware that in these situations, items in the home that may otherwise not be cause for concern can be used as evidence, and even be a reason that police can add additional charges. In this particular case, police allege that firearms and cash were found in the residence. While certainly, it is not uncommon for people to keep firearms or money in the safety and privacy of their own homes, in situations where police are pursuing drug charges against a person, items like these can be used to suggest that the cash, firearms, and other items were being used for illegal purposes.
Facing accusations of drug crimes can be stressful. When a person is preparing to defend him or herself in court, it can be helpful to have a knowledgeable ally in the form of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help make sure that the burden of proof remains the separate responsibility of the prosecution, and that a client’s rights are protected through each step of the legal process.