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Drug Crimes Attorney Los Angeles
If you become involved in a drug crime case in Los Angeles, you will want the best representation to help you avoid the serious jail time and excessive fines that are often associated with these types of crimes.
These days, drug crimes cases have become increasingly science-based and highly technical so having an attorney who fully understands the issues and arguments for these specific cases is essential. Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending drug crime cases in Los Angeles and Southern California. We know how to aggressively fight various charges in and out of court, so you obtain the best outcome.
What is Considered a Drug Crime in California?
Drug crimes in California can comprise any number of offenses including drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, drug possession, and prescription drug fraud. These crimes might involve controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, LSD, and even prescription drugs like Xanax and Vicodin.
There are many different laws concerning these controlled substances and activities related to them. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in all classifications of drug crimes in California. Some examples include (but are not limited to) cases involving:
- Prescription Drug Fraud - California Health and Safety Code Section 11173 HS
- Drug Possession - California Health and Safety Code Section 11350 (a) HS
- Drug Possession with Intent to Sell - California Health and Safety Code Section 11351 HS
- Drug Trafficking - California Health and Safety Code section 11352
- Drug Manufacturing - California Health and Safety Code Section 11379.6 HS
- Illegal Use of Controlled Substances - California Health and Safety Code Section 11550 HS
There are numerous other drug laws outlined by the state of California with varying degrees of penalties. If you find yourself arrested for one or more drug offenses in California, it is important that you get in touch with a reputable drug crimes attorney. The penalties for drug crimes can have a lifelong impact and you will want, if at all possible, to avoid a serious crime on your permanent record.
Are Drug Crimes Charged as a Misdemeanor or Felony?
Whether a drug crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the type of crime that was committed and the amount of controlled substance involved. In drug possession cases, usually a person will be charged with a misdemeanor and will face lesser jail time, if any at all, plus smaller fines. On the other hand, a drug trafficking case involving significant amounts of a controlled substance will most likely be charged as a felony and result in years of jail time and fines numbering in the tens of thousands of dollars.
What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in California?
Different drug-related crimes will have their own associated penalties. The nature of the offense, if others were hurt as a cause of the crime taking place, whether the defendant has a prior criminal record, or if excessive amounts of controlled substances were involved will determine how severe the penalties are. Below are the maximum penalties for these drug crimes in the state of California:
- Prescription Drug Fraud - 1 year in jail and/or $1000 in fines if charged as a misdemeanor; if charged as a felony the maximum is 3 years in jail and/or $20,000 in fines
- Drug Possession - 1 year in jail and/or $1,000 plus ongoing probation/parole and random drug testing
- Drug Possession with Intent to Sell - 2 to 4 years in jail and/or $20,000 in fines
- Drug Trafficking - 3 to 9 years in jail and/or $20,000 in fines
- Drug Manufacturing - 3 to 7 years and/or $50,000 in fines plus ongoing probation/parole and random drug testing
- Illegal Use of Controlled Substances - 1 year in jail
An attorney experienced in dealing with drug crime cases will be able to explain to you what penalties you might be facing and the best course of action for fighting the charges. They should be able to achieve lesser punishments for you depending on the facts of your case. For example, first-time drug offenders are often eligible for drug diversion programs that can be attended in lieu of jail time.
Learn How Our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help You Beat Drug Crime Charges
When you are faced with drug crime charges the first thing you need to do is seek out effective and knowledgeable representation from a law firm that is skilled in handling such cases. Being arrested for drug crimes does not need to automatically mean a conviction. With the right attorney by your side, it is possible to obtain a beneficial plea deal or have the charges dropped altogether.
How Do You Beat Drug Crime Charges?
There are a number of ways to fight drug charges and they usually relate to procedural issues related to the arrest. Common defenses that a lawyer will use include:
Illegal Search and Seizure If the evidence that makes up the prosecution’s case was obtained during a search that was not legal or authorized then it is possible to have that evidence thrown out. If the evidence was key to proving guilt there is a high likelihood that a judge could dismiss the case.
Entrapment Entrapment might happen in cases where law enforcement is running an operation and as a result of this operation, you were coerced into committing a crime that would not have otherwise taken place. If it can be demonstrated that you were caught up in a crime that was elicited or provoked by police actions then you may be able to use a defense of entrapment.
Procedural Issues Law enforcement is required to follow proper protocols when making an arrest. If the procedures are not followed properly, this could leave an opening to question the validity of evidence or a confession that was given. For example, if a defendant was not properly read their rights a confession may be deemed invalid.
Contact Daniel Perlman and Matthew Cohen Today for A Free Consultation
Being arrested for a drug crime is not something to be taken lightly. Aside from jail time and fines, the ramifications of a conviction can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life going forward. A guilty conviction could impact immigration status and employment options.
It is important to work with someone on your case who has the know-how to handle drug crime cases. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys Daniel Perlman and Matthew Cohen have a track record of successfully representing clients who have been arrested in relation to drug crimes.
They defend their clients and help them get the best outcomes for their circumstances.
To speak with someone immediately about your case, call our offices at (310) 299-0062 and we will connect you with our highly experienced attorneys.