Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Man defends self in Aspen cocaine dealing case

A man who used to live in Aspen is now defending himself against severe drug charges. The man was arrested in Florida after Drug Enforcement Administration agents said the man was involved in an elaborate drug dealing network that brought hundreds of kilos of cocaine to the region.
There is a lot at stake for the man, who is confident the government agency has no evidence that he was involved in drug dealing. The man could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. During the man's arguments and questioning of witnesses, he pointed out that the DEA had no surveillance video of him partaking in drug sales, and had no evidence that he profited from drug sales or purchased any goods with drug money.

When a person is accused of a crime, it is the government's responsibility to prove that the person is guilty. That means presenting evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the person committed the crime. An experienced attorney can help a person understand their rights and help ensure a person isn't wrongfully convicted.

Depending on a person's age, a 20 year prison sentence could mean the person spending the rest of their life, or a good portion of their life behind prison walls. On top of serving prison time, people who are convicted may face problems assimilating into society again after being released. This could result in the person not being able to find work or housing. It might be wise for someone accused of a crime to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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