Orange County Drug Crimes Lawyers
Accused of a Controlled Substance Offense? We’re Here to Defend You.
Both federal and state laws concern many types of drug crimes. However, state laws largely remain narrower than federal drug laws. Charges at the federal level carry longer sentences, unlike the shorter ones in state courts that include probation. Any case of this nature triggers severe consequences.
An arrest on drug charges and facing penalties can be scary, but having Santa Ana drug crime lawyer fight for you will make the situation more manageable. At the Law Offices of Randy Collins, we understand prosecutors are going to push for the harshest penalties possible when pursuing drug crimes. We are fully aware of what you are up against and know how to make sure you are not wrongfully convicted.
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Types of Drug Crimes
When you are looking at penalties for a California drug crime, which are known as “wobblers” because they could be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony. The charge you are going to face depends on the alleged drug involved, and the amount confiscated in connection with the arrest as well as many other circumstantial issues. If this is a first-time offense with a relatively small amount for personal use, you may be able to avoid jail time.
While the judicial system does not take these crimes idly, we understand how to proceed with precision and purpose to work toward a favorable outcome, such as avoiding jail and excessive fines/fees. Making sure you work with a lawyer can mean the difference between no record and a misdemeanor or felony mark on your record, which will affect your future drastically. Representing yourself or working with someone inexperienced in this type of law is ill-advised and puts your future out of your control.
Below are a few of the common types of drug crimes we defend:
Drug paraphernalia refers to any instrument used to:
- Inhale, or
- Hide illegal drugs
Some “Drug Paraphernalia” include:
- Rolling papers
According to the law and the National Drug Intelligence Center, such instruments are illegal. Truth be told, drug paraphernalia are unlawful because they are not used for their intended purpose. You will be arrested and charged, once you are found to have used it contrary to what it’s intended for.
Federal and state laws concerning drug possession vary. It all depends on the amount of drugs involved and the type. However, both laws prohibit possessing illicit controlled substances, most notably heroin and cocaine. And, charges range from possession (small quantities) to possession with the intent of distributing (usually large amounts). Drug possession can also be included with paraphernalia offenses and attract harsher penalties.
Manufacturing or Delivery
When a person is involved in any stage of the production of illegal substances, they will be charged without questions. Both laws identify the delivery of drugs as a crime. With manufacturing controlled substances, prosecutors must prove one is guilty, and the accused will be expected to pay fines and spend time in prison.
On matters concerning the cultivation of marijuana, it’s vital to note some states permit the practice due to the drug’s use for medicinal purposes.
It’s illegal to import, transport, and sell controlled substances, such as marijuana and cocaine. The practice is treated with more seriousness compared to drug possession. You may find a convict serving a sentence of between 3 years to a lifetime.
This offense involves selling and distributing illegal substances on a smaller magnitude, although the definition varies with states. Drug dealing frequently involves a single individual selling the items to multiple people. Because of that, the general punishment isn’t as harsh as that of dealing and trafficking larger quantities.
For instance, dealing 50 grams of marijuana can trigger a penalty of $250,000 and 5 years behind bars. Whereas, distributing 1,000 kilograms of the same drug can result in one spending a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Drug Crime Defenses
The circumstances surrounding your arrest will ultimately determine the best drug crime defense for you to take.
The more common defenses used are as follows:
- Unlawful searches and seizures
- Drugs belonging to someone else
- Completely missing drugs
- Planted drugs
- Drugs for medical usage
There are many defenses that our attorneys can use, and we will review your particular case to assure that we are developing the most effective strategy for you.
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Our attorneys have years of experience with cases just like yours. Along with our experience, we know the Orange County legal system so well that we will be able to help you through the judicial process every step of the way. Instead of second-guessing yourself and wondering if you are going to make an ill-decision that could have drastic negative ramifications throughout your life, you will be able to work with one of our attorneys that understands how to work through each part of the process.
The potential long-term consequences such as losing your job, social reputation being tarnished, and more are not worth the risk of trying to take on your case by yourself. Speaking with an attorney that is going to help you get through all of the legal phases of your case and the necessary steps to seek to keep you out of prison is a must.