Powerhouse Attorneys Fighting For Your Rights

Defending People From Drug Charges For Over 15 Years

A drug offense – even one that seems minor – can lead to harsh criminal penalties. It is crucial that you have a defense lawyer to advocate for your rights throughout your case.

Attorney Nick Sarcone defends clients from a range of offenses ranging from simple possession to intent to distribute. At our Des Moines  criminal law firm, Babich Sarcone Attorneys at Law, Nick Sarcone brings more than 15 years of experience to the practice of drug crimes defense. He will do everything he can to shield you from the damage that a conviction can wreak on your life.

We are experienced in all types of drug-related criminal cases involving a variety of substances. Some of these substances include:

  • Opiates such as fentanyl and fentanyl pills and other prescription drugs.
  • Meth
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Many more

Criminal drug charges can bring severe penalties, which means you need an experienced drug crimes lawyer on your side. Call us before speaking to police or law enforcement. We know what you are up against.

Drug Trafficking Charges: What To Know

Drug trafficking, also sometimes called distribution, involves selling or transporting unlawful substances. Iowa takes a harsh stance when it comes to trafficking offenses. Criminal cases that involve hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines carry particularly heavy consequences.

Many trafficking arrests involve a search warrant or a traffic stop-and-search. You need an attorney who understands the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution inside and out and can use them in your defense.

Understanding Penalties For A Possession Charge

One of the most common forms of drug charge is possession. Just by being found with drugs on your person or property, you can face fines of more than $10,000 and up to five years in prison. While the charges worsen depending on the drug in question, they also get more severe based on the quantity of drugs you were found with.

Suppose you have a certain amount of drugs on you or your property (again, depending on the drug). In that case, you may also face possession with intent to sell charges, which can considerably worsen the total charges you are facing. No matter how challenging your case may seem, our defense attorney is prepared to fight for you throughout every step of your defense process.

The Consequences Of Manufacturing Charges

While possession and intent to sell charges can come with heavy penalties, manufacturing charges can be much worse. Depending on the drug in question, a conviction can result in putting you behind bars for decades with $1 million in fines.

When these charges have such extreme penalties, Mr. Sarcone considers all options of beating your charges. He may be able to argue you had authorization to possess the precursor ingredients, or he may pursue alternative defense options like negotiation for a fair plea deal with reduced charges or dismissing the charges altogether.

If the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) suspects you of manufacturing or trafficking drugs, they may use civil asset forfeiture to take possession of assets they think are related to the suspected crimes. Some of these assets often include real estate, cars, trucks, boats or anything else that was used in the crime, even cash. While our attorney defends you against your charges, we can also help you seek to recover these assets.

Reliable And Proven Criminal Defense Litigation

Nick Sarcone has tried more than 40 cases in courts throughout the state, winning acquittals for many clients. As a litigator who graduated from the Trial Lawyer’s College, his reputation as an aggressive trial attorney often gives him an advantage when negotiating a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office. When necessary, he is prepared to go before a judge or jury to defend you. You can also rely on him to appeal an unfavorable verdict.

Discuss How We Can Protect Your Rights In A Drug Case

Do not give up hope if you face a drug charge. We are prepared to do whatever we can to minimize the impact on your life. To speak with us in a confidential consultation, call us toll-free at 515-817-1870 or send us an email.