The Tallahassee criminal defense team at BodifordLaw knows what it takes to get the best possible outcome for our clients. A team led by Tallahassee criminal trial expert Joe Bodiford, up-to-the-minute legal research, and the latest technology are how we defend YOU. Mr. Bodiford has defended thousands of drug charges, and is an expert at the investigation of drug cases from pre-arrest to trial.
Defense of Drug Charges
The defense of drug cases is a unique battle. It encompasses factual investigations, creative legal arguments, and forensic testing. In drug cases, the witnesses are cops and snitches - a dangerous combination. We defend everything from drug possession, trafficking, drug conspiracy, and criminal forfeiture, to name a few.
Most drug cops are willing to do or say whatever they have to - not short of lying - to get an arrest and conviction. Snitches are either trying to get paid or work off their own arrest/conviction. Either way, both have something to gain and very little credibility.
Nonetheless, prosecutors and judges keep believing them. At Bodiford Law, P.A., we do not believe cops or snitches; we work to try to figure out how to bring the truth into the case. We have no problem attacking the credibility of a cop or a "stool pigeon."
Drug arrests involve constitutional law issues:
Did the cops violate the 4th Amendment, our client's right to be left alone, free from illegal searches and seizures?
Did the police illegally enter your home, car, or business?
Was there a search warrant - and if so, was it legally obtained? Was it legall executed?
Motions to suppress evidence are generally required to fight such police illegalities. Bodiford & Associates, P.A. regularly challenges the legality of a drug arrest, by filing and arguing creative and persuasive motions, with current case law. We will never not file a motion in order to preserve a relationship with a judge or prosecutor. The client comes first, and no one should be forced to forego their Constitutional right to challenge the evidence against them.
Finally, some of our clients do have drug abuse problems. Mr. Bodiford lost his older brother, Tom, to drugs in the early 90s. He has had several clients die because of drug overdoses in the last 15 yeaers. As such, he knows first hand the devastation drugs can cause to families. We regularly assist our clients in obtaining the evaluations and help they need to begin to lead drug-free lives. For more information, please go to www.drugfree.org.
IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED BY A DRUG COP:
Tell them nothing. Ask for a lawyer and shut up. Do not pay attention to their threats. If you are going to be charged, it will be because of the evidence that they have. If they have evidence, they will charge you. If they don't, they will not. Either way, call Joe Bodiford at (850) 222-4LAW.