California is one of the leaders in prosecuting drug crimes and jail time for drug related convictions. People often do not know what to do when they have been charged with a drug related offense, and most think that the situation is hopeless to try and fight. If you or someone that you know has been arrested or charged with a drug crime, the best thing to do is contact an experienced defense attorney with expertise in drug charges. At the office of Russell J. Clanton and Associates we have expert drug crime defense attorneys who will be able to help you fight and defend against these types of charges.
Types of Drug Crimes
A drug crime is a criminal offense that involves the possession, sale, or distribution of an illegal controlled substance. The California Health & Safety Code contains the most common drug crimes that you can be charged with, and a list of drugs deemed illegal in the state of California can be found within the Controlled Substances Act. These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, LSD, heroin, methamphetamines, and a wide variety of unauthorized prescription medications.
The most common drug crimes in California include:
…but other drug crimes can also be prosecuted.
Regardless of whether you are charged with a simple misdemeanor possession or a large-scale felony distribution it is vital that you have an experienced drug crimes defense attorney on your side. An attorney can protect your rights, help fight the charges in court, and if necessary seek alternate rehabilitative treatment instead of a more severe punishment.
Consequences for Drug Crime Conviction
Drug crimes are often punishable on the state and federal levels. If you are convicted of a drug crime the penalties can vary widely based on a number of factors. These factors include your prior criminal and drug history, the type of drug crime committed, the type of drug, the amount of drugs, and whether or not a minor was solicited in the transaction.
The consequences of a drug conviction can be as slight as fines, and for minor drug charges another option is to have an alternate disposition of the case where you attend a drug treatment program instead of serving jail time. More serious drug charges can have penalties that include years in prison, probation, revocation of your driver’s license, seizure of personal assets, and registering as a narcotics offender. Under California’s strike system, a simple drug charge with prior strikes can mean up to 25 years to life in prison. An experienced drug crime defense attorney will be able to advocate on your behalf with police, prosecutors, and the court to minimize the charges against you or possibly get the charges dropped completely.
Drug Crime Defense Attorneys can Help
Drug crimes are some of the most complex and confusing charges in California. If you or someone that you know has been charged with a drug crime in the Humboldt, Del Norte, or Trinity County areas contact the office of Russell J. Clanton and Associates today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We promise to keep you informed at every step of the case and provide you with the most diligent and vigorous legal representation.