In California, an individual convicted of a drug crime can face anything from probation to county jail or state prison. Many of our cases involve drug-related charges, such as drug possession, drug sales, drug trafficking, transportation of drugs, and under the influence of drugs.
At California Criminal Defense Center, we have mastered the ability to successfully negotiate for the use of programs in place of jail and state prison sentences. This is especially true in cases lacking strong legal defenses. We have spent years becoming familiar with drug programs throughout Southern California. We have developed a strong working relationship with these programs, thereby enabling our clients to get accepted for treatment.
In addition to the many programs that we utilize, we can explain the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing other drug treatment options such as PC1000 and Prop. 36. Both of these programs have various requirements for eligibility. Also, you should be educated and properly counseled about the consequences you may face in the event you do not successfully complete these programs.
The most common drug charges include the following:
- Club drugs
- Crack cocaine
- Drug paraphernalia
- Drug trafficking
- Intent to sell
- Indicia of sales (scales, baggies,money, etc.)
- Medical marijuana (marijuana prescription)
- Marijuana cultivation
- Marijuana possession
- Possession for sale
- Prescription Drugs
- Paraphernalia (pipes, syringes)
Most of these drug violations are codified the Health and Safety code. Some violations are also codified in the Business and Professions code. The most common charges are as follow:
- 11364 Health and Safety code: Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (meth. pipe, syringe, etc.)
- 11357(a) Health and Safety code: Felony or Misdemeanor possession of concentrated cannabis (hashish).
- 11357(b) Health and Safety code: Misdemeanor possession of less than 28.5 grams (one ounce) of marijuana.
- 11377(a) Health and Safety code: Misdemeanor or felony possession of methamphetamine, LSD, PCP, or ketamine. This is usually charged as a felony.
- 11378 Health and Safety code: Felony possession of methamphetamine for sale (possession of controlled substance for sale).
- 11379(a) Health and Safety code: Felony transportation, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance that is not a narcotic drug.
- 11379.6 Health and Safety code: Felony manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
- 11350(a) Health and Safety code: Felony possession of cocaine or opium.
- 11351 Health and Safety code: Felony possession for sale of cocaine or opium.
- 11352(a) Health and Safety code: Felony transportation, distribution or sale of cocaine or opium.
- 4140 Business and Professions code: Misdemeanor possession of a syringe or hypodermic needle without a prescription.
- 4060 Business and Professions code: Misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Sometimes, an individual is charged with drug violation after being illegally searched by law enforcement. There are also occasions where law enforcement uses inappropriate methods to obtain information, which is later used to secure a search warrant. In these scenarios, it is crucial that a qualified lawyer diligently prepares a motion to suppress the evidence. Alternatively, the lawyer should prepare a motion attacking the information that law enforcement provided the judge in order to secure the search warrant.
At California Criminal Defense Center, we have compiled a library of these motions through years of practice. We’ve had tremendous success arguing these motions and getting serious cases dismissed prior to trial.
If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, please contact California Criminal Defense Center immediately to discuss your case with attorney Ardalon Fakhimi during a free and confidential consultation. If your case is in the Los Angeles area, you may call us at (310) 963-2417. If your case is in Orange Count, you may call us at (949) 375-6308.