Drug crimes carry severe penalties and other adverse consequences. But with these type of charges, there are many times that Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) issues and Fifth Amendment (due process and Miranda) issues are present that must be thoroughly examined, understood and raised in defense of these charges. All the facts of the case must be thoroughly investigated and defended against. If this is not your first charge, then prior offender laws may apply and dramatically increase the potential punishment upon conviction. For these reasons, it is critical to have an experienced criminal attorney on your side to fight for you.