LA County, CA Drug Charges Defense Lawyers
Were You Arrested For A Drug-Related Crime? Our LA County Drug Charges Defense Lawyers Will Fight Tenaciously For Your Rights And Freedoms!
Getting caught with drugs, or being falsely accused of having/using/making/selling them, can be a life-altering experience. Despite recent changes to the laws and popular perception, California’s criminal justice system is still tough on drugs, and there are many penalties you will face if convicted (depending on your specific situation). Unfortunately, the system is often biased against minorities and people with lower socioeconomic status when it comes to drug crimes, and also there is a common misunderstanding of addiction as a choice (when really it is a genetic predisposition and truly, a disease).
At Confianza Legal, our LA County drug charges defense lawyers understand the unique challenges you are up against. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance at redemption, regardless of their skin color, history, or anything else – we will work tirelessly to give you the quality legal representation you deserve and help you get your charges reduced or dismissed entirely! Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what our team can do to help you.
Types Of Drug Charges We Typically Defend
California regulates the possession, sale, and manufacturing of certain substances that are illegal without a valid prescription – these substances can include street drugs, prescription meds, and more. The main charges our LA County drug charges defense lawyers help clients with are usually related to:
Possession of a controlled substance – Also referred to as “simple possession”, this charge means that you were caught with drugs in your possession for personal use. Depending on the specific circumstances, it may be charged as a misdemeanor (minor) or felony (major).
Possession for sale – This means that you had drugs and intended to sell them (whether or not you actually got the chance to). This is always charged as a felony.
Manufacturing controlled substances – This charge means that you were actively involved in the manufacturing process – simply being present at the scene is not enough to be convicted. Manufacture is also always a felony, and a more serious felony than sale.
Trafficking controlled substances – If you were knowingly involved in the transport of drugs across state or other borders, then you may be charged with drug trafficking; this is one of the most serious felony drug offenses.
Having A Legal Team On Your Side That You Trust Matters; The Consequences Of Conviction Are Serious.
There are more charges than just the ones above, and the specific charge and consequences that have been leveled on you will depend on the facts of your case, the type of drug, the amount in your possession, and your prior criminal history, as well as any extenuating factors. For example, if you were arrested for the third time with a Schedule II or I drug (ecstasy, heroin, cocain, oxycontin, etc.), then you will likely face much more severe punishments than if you were arrested for the first time with a lower-level drug.
The punishments for drug crimes range from six months in jail to nine years in prison and from small fines to over $50,000 in fines. That alone is frightening enough, but then there are also the possibilities of losing your job or damaging your future career prospects, losing custody or visitation rights, being evicted from your housing and/or having difficulty finding housing in the future, losing legal status or even facing deportation (if you’re a noncitizen), and more.
Rely On Confianza Legal To Get The Best Possible Outcome!
Our passionate LA County drug charges defense lawyers have spent over 20 years representing those accused of drug crimes and other crimes. We are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and our knowledge of California law and familiarity with the LA County courts can give you an important advantage! We understand how overwhelmed you may feel; our goal is to explain everything and stand with you each step of the way. We may have a number of defenses available to us that we can use to fight for you! Drug charges are time-sensitive; don’t wait. Call our firm today for a free consult and get started building a strong defense!