Like marijuana, cocaine is a common street or party drug that may be used at clubs, bars, and other events. As we have seen throughout the Washington D.C. area, an involvement in law or politics does not make drug use any less likely. In a high-profile case, Florida representative Henry 'Trey' Radel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession last month. According to reports, the 37-year-old Tea Party Republican from Florida was charged after a "buy and bust" operation.
Drug charges can carry serious penalties upon conviction. Even a misdemeanor offense could result in significant fines, jail time, and a damaging criminal record. Our Washington D.C. drug crimes defense attorneys understand the serious nature of these charges and will every potential defense opportunity. We also know that anyone can be involved or caught up in a drug crime allegation. It is important to work with an experienced advocate who can protect your rights, your record, and your reputation.
Police alleged that Radel was in possession of cocaine. He was arrested after a Drug Enforcement Agent claimed that he bought cocaine from an undercover agent. Federal authorities later showed up at his house and told him that he was being charged with a crime related to the undercover sale. In any case involving undercover agents, defendants should seek out legal defense as soon as possible. Remember that your 4th Amendment rights may have been violated during the sting operation, search or seizure of property. An experienced advocate working on your behalf can prevent any illegally obtained evidence from being presented in court.