Drug Crime Attorney Referral Service
What is a drug crime?
Drug crimes are violations of the law involving controlled substances or illegal substances such as marijuana, heroin, or prescription pain pills. Drug crimes can either be misdemeanors or felonies.
The classification of the crime depends on the type of drug and the amount of drug. Additionally, if possession of a drug is also tied with sale, cultivation, or other criminal intentions, the penalty for the crime will be harsher.
Some drug crimes include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of cocaine
- Possession of heroin
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Transportation for sale of a controlled substances
Under California law, possession of a controlled substance means that it is illegal to possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. As a result, if you have been found with oxycodone or another controlled substance without a valid prescription for that drug, you can be charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Controlled substances also include drugs such as heroin and cocaine, which one would not have a prescription for, but that are still considered controlled substances.
Possession with intent to sell carries a higher sentence than simple possession. For example, if you are charged with and convicted of possession of cocaine, you may be eligible for drug diversion, which is a program in California that allows for dismissal of all charges and no criminal record upon successful completion. However, if you are charged with and convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, you are automatically facing a penalty of up to four years in county jail and a $20,000.00 fine.
California’s drug crime laws all carry jail time and sizable penalties, unless you are eligible for the drug diversion program.
Why would I need a drug crime attorney? What is the benefit?
A drug crime attorney is beneficial for several reasons. First, a criminal defense attorney with experience in handling drug crimes will know the ins and outs of the law. He or she will also have years of experience handling these types of crimes and an understanding of what does and does not work when it comes to negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors or presenting defenses or a case in front of a jury.
A drug crime attorney will be able to look at your specific situation and advise you on the best course of action based on his or her proficiency and knowledge in this area of the law.
Your attorney will be able to present to you the different options you may have, whether it is a plea deal or going to trial. The consequences of these options, including potential jail time and monetary fines, will also be presented and explained to you. With the advice of a drug crime lawyer, you will be prepared to make the best decision for your future and know that you have someone who is with you the entire way.
It is worth noting that California has a ‘Drug Diversion Program’ which is for nonviolent, first-time drug offenders who are charged with simple possession of a drug; it is an alternative to jail time. In this program, you will plead guilty to a simple drug possession charge and will have to complete an 18-month drug treatment program. If the program is completed successfully, your drug crime charge will be dismissed.
A drug crime attorney will be able to advise you on whether you should enter this program. He or she will assist you in entering the program and with your completion of the program.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, your future depends on making the right decisions from the moment you are charged. Consulting with a drug crime lawyer will ensure that you are taking the right steps to defending yourself against a drug crime charge or accepting the consequences of your actions and on the right path to a better future. Contact us at 818-340-4529.