Drug Possession Defense Lawyer in Dublin, CA
Former Prosecutor on Your Side in the Tri-Valley Region
California law makes it unlawful to possess any of its controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and more. The same statute outlaws the possession of medical drugs obtained or distributed without a valid prescription. “Simple” possession commonly refers to small quantities which you have obtained for your own personal use and is the lowest-level offense. However, if you are found in possession of higher quantities, you may be charged with a more serious offense which includes the intent to distribute.
No matter what the circumstances of your drug possession charge, it is important to ensure that you are well-represented throughout the criminal process. Drug crimes can be aggressively prosecuted in the criminal courts; you need to ensure that your defense is equally aggressive and dedicated to pursuing what is in your best interests. The Law Office of Christopher A. Lamiero offers one-on-one legal representation from a former prosecutor with more than 25 years of criminal law experience. Having a former prosecutor handling your case is a distinct advantage in that your attorney will know what to expect and how to devise an effective and personalized defense strategy.
Drug Possession Charges in California
Simple possession of an illegal narcotic or prescription drug is generally charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. In lieu of jail time, you may be granted a probation sentence. Possession may include being found with the controlled substances mentioned above as well as with LSD, ecstasy, Adderall, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and others. In these cases, the charge is “possession of a controlled substance.” The prosecutor must prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction.
Other drug possession charges can include:
- Possession for sale of illegal drug
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Sale or transportation of illegal drugs
Factors that will make your drug possession charge more serious include the type of drug found, how much of it was found, whether you have any prior criminal convictions, and aggravating factors such as whether minors were involved or the use of weapons. In these cases, you will likely be facing more substantial penalties.
Marijuana Possession in California
The recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in the state but only for personal use. You are now legally able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or eight grams of THC concentrates. It remains illegal, however, to possess larger quantities. You can be arrested and charged for possessing more than the legal amount as stated above, possessing any amount if you under 21, or possessing it while on the grounds of a school while it is in session.
If you are over the age of 18 and found in possession of more than the legal amount, you can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Those under 18 will face an infraction leading to mandatory drug counseling and community service.
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Our firm is prepared to fully investigate any charges brought against you and to aggressively fight for your legal rights and best-case scenario outcome. Drug possession charges may be “simple” or more complex but, regardless of the circumstances, you will have a committed advocate in your corner throughout the entire legal process.
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