This country has never known a greater engine for the loss of privacy and imprisonment of citizens than the so-called “war on drugs.” Untold billions have been spent on the prosecution of this policy, and the United States now has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Nearly 50% of those behind bars are there because of drug crimes. Police kick in doors, tap citizens’ phones, and make arrest after arrest—and yet rates of drug use remain relatively constant throughout. Like the prohibition of alcohol before it, the prohibition of drugs is proving a costly social experiment with no net benefit and a very real cost to the many people who find themselves on the wrong side of a drug case.
There are alternatives to prohibition, which treat the very real problem of addiction for what it is– a medical rather than a criminal issue. But until those alternatives are enacted, people will continue to be charged with drug crimes.
Mr. Haedicke has extensive experience representing people charged with drug crimes in both state and federal court. He has represented clients charged with possessing or distributing everything from marijuana and cocaine to heroin and prescription pills. He is adept at navigating the complexities that can be involved in drug cases, including Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure issues, drug conspiracy law, weapons-related charges, civil forfeiture, and sentencing advocacy.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense, contact Stephen Haedicke for a free consultation regarding your case today.