leifertlaw January 18, 2011 Drug Crimes
Our Coral Springs criminal defense attorneys noted the weekend arrest of a Broward County elementary school principal on drug charges.
The Palm Beach Post reported the 60-year-old woman was charged with felony drug possession and taken to the Broward County main jail in Fort Lauderdale. The case originated with the arrest of her 18-year-old son, who police say was in possession of 126 grams of marijuana. He faces a charge of possession with intent to deliver.
In this case, police say they found 20 grams of pot and drug paraphernalia in the principal’s bedroom, according to the arrest affidavit. Police therefore charged her with direct possession of the drugs, as well as several pipes and rolling papers.
A Broward County defense attorney will review the facts and circumstances of this case, including the legality of the search. If police lacked a search warrant, if the warrant was not properly issued, or if police overstepped the boundaries of the warrant, evidence in the case could be dismissed. A reduction or dismissal of the charges often results in such cases.
The defendant is principal at Coral Park Elementary in Coral Springs. A spokesperson for the Broward County school system said administrators were searching for an interim principal. Fair or not, school teachers are held to a higher standard. Defending yourself against criminal charges becomes all the more critical if you work in a school, as a law enforcement officer or in other positions of trust.
A not guilty verdict, or an agreement that reduces the charges and disposes the case in a manner that is in your best interest, can go a long way toward protecting your rights, your freedom and your current and future financial well-being.
If you are facing criminal charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.
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