There is no doubt that situations involving drugs, addiction and the risk of overdose are complicated and serious. In 2013 there were a total of 62 reported overdoses in Virginia Beach alone, and heroin was cited as the cause of 25 recorded deaths. These statistics prompted local law enforcement to target the sale and distribution of heroin in the area.
The targeted campaign has already resulted in 49 arrests in just seven months for drug offenses in relation to situations involving overdose or fatality due to heroin. In this targeted campaign, it is absolutely vital for those charged in relation to incident to protect their rights with an effective criminal defense attorney.
The truth is that consequences such as serious injury or fatality can prompt law enforcement officers to use any available tactic to secure an arrest or conviction. Many of these tactics are even considered legal.
This may include something as small as making false representations about testimony and other evidence gathered in the investigation. They may act like they are helping you in order to secure your consent to a search that would have required a warrant. It can also range all the way to conducting in-depth surveillance and undercover stings.
If you have been arrested for a drug-related crime, the advice to "hire an attorney immediately" is not something to take lightly. A criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights throughout investigation, interrogation and plea negotiations, not just at trial.
Source: 13 News Now, "Multiple arrests made following dozens of heroin deaths," Oct. 10, 2014