In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, drug related crimes are extremely common, nevertheless being one of the biggest and most populated states within the United States, plus one of the main illegal drug entry points to the west side of the country, makes it an easy target for false accusations and rights violations.
As a response, numerous laws have been created in California over the years to cut down drug trafficking into the state, break down distribution channels, minimize drug abuse and many other drug-associated crimes.
Either for the money or many other reasons, all kinds of people are badly affected for these types of crimes and therefore seeking the help of a professional criminal attorney becomes the priority to give the best fight facing drug charges in a court of California state.
Most common types of drug crimes in California
Some of the drugs related acts that are punished by the law in California and Los Angeles are as follows:
- Possession of Drugs
- Distribution and Transportation of Drugs
- Drug Trafficking
- Manufacturing, Growing and Production
- Prescription Drugs for recreational purposes
- Methamphetamine Possession
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of over 28.5 grams or one (1) ounce of marijuana for personal use.
- Distributing alcohol to Minors
- Public Intoxication
- Drunk Driving
- Drug - DUI
The penalties for a drug crime conviction in California depends on some factors, including the defendant's criminal history, the type of substance or drug involved, and where the crime took place. Drug crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. For example, a conviction for drug ownership with intention to distribute is usually a felony, with penalties of up to four years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Generally, drug sales charges are not eligible for a diversion program. After serving a prison sentence, the defendant might also be required to test in with their parole officer, keep the parole conditions, put up to random searches, and to drug testing.
There are several ways that a criminal defense attorney can help to get the best deal possible out of these types of accusations, such as:
- Medically Required
- Suggested by Doctor
- Illegal Search and Seizure
- Lab Analysis Problem
With more than 40 years of practice experience in Los Angeles and the state of California, The Law Office of Raoul Severo has the capability to handle the toughest cases and guide you step by step through the whole process. If you or anyone close to you is facing any drug crime accusations please feel free to contact us.
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