Thanks to the War on Drugs, even minor drug possession cases are serious offenses in California. Mounting evidence shows that drug prohibition has filled our prisons to overflowing with nonviolent offenders, but prosecutors and politicians continue to go after narcotics offenders, sometimes very harshly. That means you should act quickly if you're accused of a serious drug crime. If you even think you're under investigation, don't hesitate to call the San Bernardino narcotics defense attorneys at HOWARD LAW, PC. We defend all drug-related charges in California, including:
- Drug possession, with and without intent to sell
- Possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription
- Possession of drug paraphernalia or ingredients
- Medical marijuana charges
- Manufacture or cultivation of drugs
- Drug distribution or sales
- Large-scale narcotics trafficking, including federal cases
Fortunately, there are many ways to defend drug cases. If the original search or traffic stop was unlawful, our Los Angeles County drug defense attorneys may be able to get the case thrown out entirely. In some cases, law enforcement simply assumes that possession of more than a certain amount shows intent to sell. We can easily shatter that assumption with the evidence. And in some cases, the issue of who "possessed" the drugs is far from clear.
For nonviolent drug offenders, California courts also offer an alternative called Drug Court or "drug diversion." This is an opportunity for defendants to keep criminal convictions off their records. If the defendant passes all drug tests throughout the life of the program and appears regularly before the court to report progress, the court will dismiss the case after the program is completed. Our Orange County drug offense lawyers advocate strongly for our clients to be included in this program rather than suffer harsh penalties for drug possession, cultivation, manufacture or sales.
Offenses like large-scale sales, transportation and trafficking require a different approach. If you're accused of a crime involving large amounts of drugs, crossing state lines or a distribution network, you're probably facing a felony charge carrying decades in prison. This can also be a "strike" under the three-strikes law, which can further increase the penalties. Because the stakes are so high, Howard Law defends these cases aggressively. Cases involving searches or surveillance may be weak if law enforcement officers cut corners or failed to get the court orders they needed. And medical marijuana growers may be able to defend themselves from overzealous prosecutors simply by pointing out that they followed state law.
If you're accused of a drug crime, don't wait to call the experienced defense attorneys at Howard Law, PC. For a consultation, please contact us through the Internet or call 1-800-872-5925 today.