Orange County Drug Crime Lawyers
If you have recently been arrested for drug charges in Orange County, there are a wide variety of different punishments that you may face. In the past, penalties for these offenses have been harsh and can result in years of incarceration. The Justice Department has begun to switch their focus from a war on drugs to something more productive. Defendants are in need of skilled legal representation now more than ever, so it is highly recommended that those facing charges seek counsel from experienced criminal defense attorneys with a history of success.
At MacGregor & Collins LLP, our Orange County attorneys are dedicated to providing alleged criminals with top notch legal defense. We understand that many offenders are not bad people, and have simply made choices that are not in their best interest. Contact us today to receive a free case evaluation from a skilled drug crime attorney in Orange County with no obligation to retain our services.
Drug Crime Laws
The nation’s “War on Drugs” has created a wide variety of different laws punishing users and sellers. Those facing charges for possession, transportation, or sales may be ordered to spend years in prison and pay thousands of dollars in fines. The Justice Department has recently released statements acknowledging unwanted repercussions of mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders and may soon modify the ways in which users are punished. Until then, those facing narcotic charges in California are encouraged to seek legal counsel to help evaluate their options.
In order to obtain a conviction against you, the state would need to have evidence proving that you:
- sold/furnished/administered/gave away/transported/or imported narcotics
- knew of the narcotic’s presence
- knew that the substance was an illegal narcotic
The state would also need to prove that the substance is illegal and that the amount seized is enough to be used as a mind altering substance.
Those being charged can face a wide variety of different punishments depending upon the following:
- The types of narcotics seized
- Type of crime (possession, sales, transportation)
- Previous criminal history
Common California Offenses
- One ounce or less is an infraction that is punishable by a $100 fine. Possession of large amounts can result in a six month jail sentence as well as a $500 fine. If you have been arrested for Marijuana sales or transportation there are increased penalties.
- Ecstasy is considered a controlled substance. Those found in possession of ecstasy can face penalties for a misdemeanor or felony. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony usually depends upon the amount found in your possession and other circumstances pertaining to your case. Those facing Ecstasy possession offenders could face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. For Ecstasy sale and transportation charges the penalties are far more severe.
- Oxycontin is also considered to be a controlled substance. Those found guilty of possession could face up to three in California state prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Additional penalties are issued for those found guilty of Oxycontin distribution and/or transportation.
- Methamphetamines, or Crystal Meth, is governed by California health and Safety Code 11377. Depending upon the amount of methamphetamine that was found in your possession you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony methamphetamine offense violation that could result in a three year prison sentence.
Having assisted countless defendants over the last several years, our attorneys have answered numerous questions concerning drug courts and the prosecutions of narcotic crime in California. The following are three questions that are quite common.
Can An Attorney Get My Case Dismissed?
- One of the most common questions we are asked by narcotic defendants is whether or not we will be able to get a case dismissed. This is because a case dismissal means you are no longer being charged for committing the crimes referenced in that case. The chances of getting your drug case dismissed largely depends upon the validity of the evidence that prosecutors plan to use against you. Every drug possession, sale, and transportation case has flaws. We have been able to identify those flaws and use them to our clients’ advantage.
How Much Will A Drug Crime Attorney Cost?
- We understand that many people do not have the money to spend $30,000 down to defend their charges. At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, we offer flat rate services to many of our clients so they know exactly how much they will be spending on their attorney services, regardless of the amount of time they spend communicating with their lawyer. You may be surprised by the amount you will have to spend, considering the benefits that a skilled defense lawyer can offer defendants.
What Benefits Can I Expect from My Attorney?
- There are countless ways in which a legal professional can assist a drug defendant. In addition to providing case-specific details and analysis concerning the possible prosecution that will be presented, your drug lawyer will likely have experience with your local court and courtroom staff. MacGregor & Collins, LLP firm partners, Randy Collins and Ronald MacGregor, have worked to assist more than 10,000 clients collectively, many of whom faced charges for related crimes.
Many times a defendant who represents themselves does not take advantage of a possible plea bargain to decrease the penalties that could be imposed or to have crimes dismissed altogether. A good attorney will attempt to find out if prosecutors will agree to one that is favorable to their clients and have it agreed upon by the courts. This can be difficult for those who are found selling drugs, but not impossible. Prosecutors sometimes are not willing to offer plea bargains to those who represent themselves.
Orange County Defense
If you are concerned about your upcoming drug crime case, our attorneys can help. MacGregor & Collins, LLP Orange County criminal attorneys have the knowledge and experience to provide you with answers and unparalleled OC criminal defense you will need to avoid a conviction. Call (888) 250-2865 to obtain a free case evaluation from one of our experienced legal professionals.