Drug Crimes Attorney in Royal Oak, Michigan

Is the fact that I am an addict a defense in a drug case?

Royal Oak, MI criminal defense lawyer Samuel J. Bennett explains how proving a client has an addiction can actually help their case.

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the fact that someone is an addict that
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one of my clients is an addict is not a
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defense
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but it’s definitely a mitigating factor
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if being an addict
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of heroin of cocaine of any sort of
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opiate or
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pill has led you down a path to deal
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drugs
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or to be involved with people that deal
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drugs and you end up being in the
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crosshairs
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of the dea or the fbi or a narcotics
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team here in michigan a local narcotics
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team
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then it’s absolutely something that
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should be addressed by your attorney
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if your attorney is only focused on
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resolving your case
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then that should be a concern the focus
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of my representation of a drug addict
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is to get them help similar to what you
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would do with a drunk driving case
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get them help go through an evaluation
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process determine whether
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a client needs inpatient rehab or they
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just need to go to
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n a narcotics anonymous meetings or
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whether they need to go to a six to ten
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week
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actual outpatient full program that’s
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something that obviously i don’t do so i
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send them to various organizations
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around the area
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that help me understand my client as
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much as help my client understand
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themself
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and get them the help that they need and
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then using that in court to explain to a
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judge
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yes mr so-and-so miss so-and-so could
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have been caught with x amount of drugs
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but it was to feed a habit as opposed to
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just make money
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and i think that is a huge mitigating
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factor in a drug case
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and it’s been extremely successful in my
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experience
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to make sure that judges are aware of
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the full picture especially of a drug
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case with an addict as a client
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