Drug possession is typically the least serious of all drug crime charges. However, depending on the type of drug and the amount, a defendant may face felony charges and harsh penalties if convicted. Regardless of the nature and circumstances of your drug possession case, it is important to discuss the matter with a lawyer who will understand the correct approach to aggressively challenge your charges, arrest or investigation.
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Possession of a controlled substance, even if the defendant is not under the influence of the drug and is not trying to sell the drug, is still a serious criminal offense. Possession of cocaine, heroin and certain prescription drugs such as hydrocodone and codeine is a felony offense that may result in a defendant facing criminal charges under Health & Safety Code 11350. If convicted under this law, a defendant may face up to three years in state prison. Lesser penalties may apply if a defendant is accused of marijuana possession.
California Penal Code establishes a specific distinction between simple drug possession and possession with the intent to sell/distribute. This is an automatic felony offense, regardless of the type or amount of drug involved. A defendant may face two, three, or four years in state prison.
Los Angeles Drug Possession Attorney Since 1984
Because the penalties for drug possession are serious and have the potential to change the entire course of your life, it is important to consider your legal options. Immediately involving an attorney experienced in handling drug possession charges in Los Angeles is the best way to get started in receiving the help you need – and deserve. In fact, failure to do so could result in major consequences, as your chances of being convicted substantially increase when you are without legal defense.
Los Angeles Federal Crimes Defense Attorney
The state of California takes drug crime charges very seriously. Not only do law enforcement officers eagerly arrest individuals suspected of drug crimes such as possession, the state court system also aims to convict these individuals. Therefore, it is essential to the prospect of your future to ensure that you have taken every measure possible to protect the rights and freedoms that will be on the line when you are arrested, charged, and made to face court sentencing regarding your drug possession allegations. Practicing in the field of criminal defense for more than two decades, I am fully aware of just how seriously drug issues are taken in California. I know how harsh these cases can be particularly as they pertain to conviction sentences. Therefore, I provide personal, relentless, legal defense skills when representing my clients. I am here to provide you with unrelenting legal representation in the face of state or federal drug charges. Find out more about my services and the aggressive approach I will take to handle your case by calling my offices.