When police arrest you and charge you for drug trafficking, you are facing some serious consequences. First, drug trafficking is a felony offense and a federal crime. Police have to show probable cause that you were selling and distributing drugs, not just possessing them. If you are convicted of drug trafficking, you can receive a 5- to 20-year prison sentence, depending on what type of drugs you were trafficking and if your drug distribution led to someone’s death.

That’s why it is important you know what to do if police arrest you for drug trafficking. Here are the steps you should take if you are arrested for drug trafficking:

  1. Do not answer any questioning from police. Tell police you are invoking your right to remain silent. You don’t want to say anything that may incriminate you and help secure a conviction.
  2. Ask for an attorney. You’ll need a criminal defense attorney familiar with defending federal drug charges. Your attorney will review your case to see how credible the charges are and if you could get them reduced or dismissed.
  3. Don’t say anything about the circumstances that led to your arrest in any phone conversations or any conversations you have while you are in jail. Someone else in jail could testify against you with information they learn from you during a conversation. Police could be recording your phone conversations, those you make in jail or out of it. So, police could use anything you say in phone conversations as evidence in your case.

You want to do everything you can to avoid a felony drug conviction. You want to preserve your freedom and avoid a long jail sentence if you can. That’s why taking these steps if police arrest you for drug trafficking is vital. You don’t want to make it easier for a judge or jury to convict you.