Being arrested for a drug offense can be a very scary.
A conviction has potentially serious consequences. In many cases it can result in jail, and in some case's prison. It can also result in lengthy and restrictive probation, large fines, restitution assessments, and deportation if you are not a citizen.
A conviction for many drug offenses requires that you register as a drug offender with local police. Sometimes, assets--including cash, automobiles, boats, and homes--may be seized.
How important is an experienced attorney?
When you go into court without the help of a skilled attorney you are going into a potentially hostile environment blindfolded. No one in the court other than your attorney has as their exclusive duty the protection of your rights and the advancement of your particular interests. Many of those whom you come into contact with in the court system are primarily interested in expediting your case, which too often means having you plead guilty so they can move onto the next case. This usually is not in your best interest.
My experience is extensive. Over the years I have successfully defended virtually every type of drug case including:
- Possession/Sales/Possession with intent to sell
- Use/Under the influence
An arrest for a drug charge can be defended. The fact that you have been arrested does not necessarily mean that the prosecution can prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I have been involved in many jury trials with clients accused of drug offenses.
In those trials I have successfully raised defenses such as demonstrating my client's lack of knowledge of the narcotic nature of a substance, or questioning whether or not he or she was the person who was in actual possession of the drugs found, or that the police entrapped my client into making a sale.
While most cases don't go to jury trial, I've used many other effective strategies:
- Persuading the D.A. to reduce the charge to something less serious;
- Illegal search motions;
- Plea and sentence bargains;
- Deferred judgment (drug diversion);
- Prop 36 & Residential drug programs.
- Under the Influence or Use of Drugs
- California Marijuana Laws
- What does it mean to be in Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance in California?
- What does it mean To Unlawfully Sell, Furnish, Administer, or Give Away a Controlled Substance in California?
- What are the Defenses to the Possession of a Controlled Substance or Illegal Drug in California?