In the State of California, depending on the type of drug crime you are accused of, you may face misdemeanor or felony charges. Some of the drugs that are illegal and are considered to be a controlled substance or narcotic by the United States government include cocaine, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine (speed), heroin, PCP and morphine. Also, in some instances drug crimes may even involve legal or illegal prescription drugs.
A drug crime is a very serious offense and can have dire consequences if you are convicted. You could be facing anywhere from up to a year in jail to a lifetime behind bars, including fines, probation, community service, counseling and parole. Hiring a criminal defense attorney may allow for you to avoid the severe penalties that can be imposed, and can also allow for the possibility of alternative sentencing set forth by California Penalty Code 1000 and/or Proposition 36.
The Los Angeles drug crimes attorneys at the Hedding Law Firm are very familiar with all areas of drug crimes cases. Our lawyers have established outstanding relationships with law officials over the years, which is beneficial when developing defense strategies for your case. It is our recommendation that if you are involved with a drug crime that you hire a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Did your drug arrest involve being under the influence while driving? This can have serious implications on your driving privileges, ability to obtain work, and long term insurance rate increases. In the state of California, driving under the influence of drugs is punishable under the same laws as alcohol, and is prosecuted as a DUI charge.
The following are considered drug crimes in California:
- Under the Influence
- Marijuana Cultivation
- Drug Possession
- Drug Distribution
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Drug Manufacturing
- Possession for Sale
- Drug Trafficking
- Prescription Drug Fraud
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Often when imposing penalties for a drug crimes case, a judge will look at whether or not your drug crime involved children, whether you have prior offenses and whether any other misdemeanor or felony crimes were committed. If these apply, you can expect to receive enhancement penalties when receiving your sentence. An enhancement penalty is a harsher penalty for your actions and can add time to your sentence.
In making drug busts, officers generally violate search and seizure laws, set up the suspects violating entrapment laws, rely on false tips from informants, mislead judges to obtain search warrants, and arrest people without having sufficient evidence.
Our Los Angeles drug crime lawyers know how to contest the case authorities are trying to bring against you. We assert any and all defenses applicable to your case and fight aggressively on your behalf.
At the Hedding Law Firm, we can explain to you what you should expect for your drug crime accusation and we can also provide you with answers to any questions that you may have. In many cases that involve a drug crime, we have been able to have sentences reduced or charges dropped entirely. Contact us today to speak to a knowledgeable lawyerand determine what the next step should be in protecting your rights and your future.
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