24/7 call for a free consultation 212-300-5196




When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Client Testimonials



The BEST LAWYER ANYONE COULD ASK FOR!!! Todd changed our lives! He’s not JUST a lawyer representing us for a case. Todd and his office have become Family. When we entered his office in August of 2022, we entered with such anxiety, uncertainty, and so much stress. Honestly we were very lost. My husband and I felt alone. How could a lawyer who didn’t know us, know our family, know our background represents us, When this could change our lives for the next 5-7years that my husband was facing in Federal jail. By the time our free consultation was over with Todd, we left his office at ease. All our questions were answered and we had a sense of relief.

schedule a consultation


Sunrise Sale of a Controlled Substance Lawyers

March 21, 2024 Uncategorized

Dealing with a Sunrise Sale of a Controlled Substance Charge? You Need an Experienced Lawyer on Your Side

Waking up to a sunrise can be a beautiful thing. But waking up to the police at your door accusing you of illegally selling controlled substances? Not so much. If you or someone you love has been charged with a sunrise sale of a controlled substance, you need to act fast to protect your rights. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can be the difference between a fair outcome or a devastating conviction.

What is a Sunrise Sale of a Controlled Substance?

A “sunrise sale” refers to a sale of illegal drugs that occurs early in the morning, like at sunrise. The term comes from the police practice of raiding suspected drug dealers’ homes in the early morning hours to catch them off guard and seize drugs and other evidence.

The charges can include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute or sell
  • Distribution or sale of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

The potential controlled substances could include anything from marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription medications, or synthetic drugs. The charges will depend on what substances and amounts the police claim to have found in your possession.

Why You Need an Attorney Immediately

The penalties for drug distribution charges are severe, especially if large quantities are involved. You could be facing years in prison. The police and prosecutors will act swiftly to build a case against you, so you need legal representation right away to protect yourself.

A drug crime defense lawyer can:

  • Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or dismissal of the case
  • Challenge improper police conduct, like an illegal search
  • Contest the validity of drug tests
  • Put together a strong defense to show your innocence
  • Advocate for alternative sentencing if convicted

The sooner you hire a lawyer after the arrest, the more effectively they can start working on your behalf. Don’t wait!

Fighting Search and Seizure Issues

Sunrise drug raids often happen without valid search warrants. The police claim “exigent circumstances” allowed them to enter your home without a warrant. But an attorney can argue the search was improper and get evidence thrown out.

Your lawyer will also scrutinize how the police handled seized evidence and drug testing. Sloppy procedures can create doubt about the accuracy of test results. It’s shocking how often critical mistakes are made in drug cases.

Developing Your Strongest Defense Strategy

Just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to false accusations of drug dealing. You need a lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case to show you are innocent.

Possible defenses include:

  • Lack of intent – Prosecutors must prove you intended to sell drugs. If the drugs were for personal use, that’s a huge distinction.
  • Wrongful accusations – Eyewitnesses are often wrong. Your attorney can challenge witness credibility.
  • Illegal search – As mentioned, if the police didn’t have probable cause and a warrant, the evidence may be thrown out.
  • Possession vs. distribution – Having a larger quantity of drugs can lead to distribution charges. But your lawyer may show the amount was reasonable for personal use.
  • Entrapment – Undercover cops sometimes improperly lure people into committing a crime. A skilled lawyer can show you were illegally trapped.

Getting the Best Plea Deal or Reduced Sentence

If the evidence against you is strong, your attorney will negotiate the best possible plea deal with reduced charges and a lighter sentence. They will also present mitigating circumstances to the judge, like:

  • Your lack of criminal history
  • Positive work, education, and family circumstances
  • Mental health or addiction issues that require treatment, not jail
  • Your minimal role in the offense

The advocacy of an experienced lawyer makes a huge difference in the outcome of drug distribution plea negotiations.

Choosing the Right Drug Crime Lawyer for Your Case

Don’t leave your fate to just any public defender or attorney. You want a lawyer with specific experience getting charges dismissed or reduced for people accused of selling controlled substances. Ask prospective attorneys:

  • How many drug crime cases have you handled in this jurisdiction?
  • What are some examples of good outcomes you’ve gotten for clients?
  • Are you familiar with the prosecutors and judges involved in my case?
  • Will you aggressively challenge questionable search procedures and testing methods?

It’s also wise to hire a local attorney familiar with the court procedures and laws in the jurisdiction where you’ve been charged. Drug statutes and sentencing vary between states.

A Conviction Could Ruin Your Life – Fight Back!

The stigma of a drug dealing conviction follows you for life. It can destroy career prospects, lead to loss of licenses, affect child custody rights, and much more. The costs compound quickly.

Don’t accept defeat. With an experienced criminal defense lawyer guiding your strategy, you have a real chance of getting charges reduced or dismissed. The small upfront investment is well worth it to avoid a devastating conviction.

Trust your case only to a lawyer with a proven record of successfully defending people from sunrise drug sale charges. They know how to attack weak spots in the prosecution’s case. With so much on the line, you need someone fighting hard on your side.

So take a deep breath, stay calm, and call an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. The long-term consequences for you and your family are too high not to mount the strongest possible legal defense. You can get through this!

Lawyers You Can Trust

Todd Spodek

Founding Partner

view profile



view profile


Associate Attorney

view profile



view profile



view profile



view profile



view profile

Criminal Defense Lawyers Trusted By the Media

schedule a consultation
Schedule Your Consultation Now