Serious Defense For Drug Crime Charges
In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, drug-related crimes are extremely common. Being one of the biggest and most populous states, plus one of the main illegal drug entry points to the west side of the country, makes Californians an easy target for false accusations and rights violations.
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 combat drug-associated crimes.
Either for the money or many other reasons, all kinds of people are badly affected by these crimes. Therefore, seeking the help of a professional criminal law attorney becomes a priority to give the best defense against drug charges in a state court. The Law Offices of Severo, PLC has 40 years of experience defending the accused. We will fight to avoid prison and all the other consequences of a drug conviction.
Common Drug Crimes In California
We can capably address all drug charges and related crimes (state and federal charges) including:
- Possession of more than 28.5 grams (one ounce) of marijuana for personal use
- Possession of heroin, methamphetamine or other street drugs
- Possession of prescription drugs for recreational use
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Drug trafficking and transportation
- Drug smuggling
- Manufacturing illegal drugs
- Growing marijuana (commercial quantity) without a license
- Drug-related firearms offenses
- Money laundering or criminal conspiracy
Drug charges are chiefly based on the amount of drugs discovered by law enforcement. For example, intent to distribute basically means possessing more than a personal use quantity, and trafficking refers to a large quantity presumably associated with drug dealing. It is not necessary for prosecutors to prove actual transactions or distribution to make those charges stick.
We Aim To Limit The Punishment
Drug crime convictions are punished harshly. Sentencing is based on the type of drug, the amount and other factors such as prior drug offenses. Many marijuana offenses (such as simple possession or drug paraphernalia) are misdemeanors, but most drug crimes are felonies.
You could be facing time in county jail, state prison or federal penitentiary, as well as substantial fines. After release from prison, you may be required to submit to drug testing and other conditions of parole. The felony record can interfere with employment, housing, lending and other aspects of life.
For these reasons, Raoul Severo and his team work hard to avoid a drug conviction if possible, or negotiate lesser charges or alternative punishment. First-time offenders may qualify for drug court or a diversion program that avoids jail time and the black mark of a drug conviction in exchange for entering drug treatment or supervised probation.
Defenses Against Drug Charges
There are several ways that a criminal defense attorney can help to get the best deal possible out of these types of accusations. Possible defenses or mitigating circumstances include:
- Illegal search and seizure
- Unreliable informants
- Errors in lab analysis
- Compromised chain of custody of evidence
- Overcharging (intent to distribute instead of simple possession)
- Medical necessity or drug addiction
Our Experience Can Make A Difference
With more than 40 years of practice experience in Los Angeles and the state of California, the Law Offices of Severo, PLC has the capability to handle the toughest cases and guide you step by step through the criminal justice system. If you or anyone close to you is facing any drug crime accusation, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation and case assessment.