St George Defense
In Utah drug crimes such as possession and distribution have a penalty enhancement if the crime occurred in a drug free zone. As defined by statute the drug free zones are outlined as a drug crime taking place within 1,000 feet of a school, child-care facility, park, church, shopping mall, sports facility or parking lot. The drug free zone statute was passed as an effort to protect children from being affected by drug crimes but in essence it has simply increased the penalties for possession and distribution convictions. Because of the many areas included in the statute there are fewer areas that are not a drug free zone then those that are, thus it is highly probably that a drug arrest that leads to a drug charge will take place in one of the drug free zones. .
Overcoming the Enhancement
Although the statute aims at doing a noble thing, and protecting children, in reality it misses the mark and increases charges for many offenders that have not had any such contact with minors. Because of this misleading law it is important that you have an attorney to defend you and help you overcome this enhancement. You should not be punished for dealing with minors when in fact you did not. The attorneys at St. George Criminal Defense are experience at dealing with the drug free zone enhancement and they know how to help you defend your rights.
Contact Us for Your Defense
With a newer law that is controversial in the legal community like the drug free zone enhancement, there can be room for an attorney to persuade a judge to not impose the increased penalty. Furthermore, drug crimes like possession and distribution are such serious crimes you don’t want to have to deal with anything else that could further threaten your liberties. Our lawyers are ready to defend your rights and will help you understand your options. Call us today to set up a free consultation.