Criminal cases charging drug related violations are usually but not always charges as felonies. Drug related offenses include:
- Possession for Sale
- Sales & Trafficking
- Forged Prescriptions
- Being Under the Influence
Possible defenses to these serious criminal allegations include whether the person charged knowingly possessed the substance, whether the circumstances of the possession was only for personal use, or whether the drugs were seized as a result of an unlawful detention or arrest in which case the evidence seized can be suppressed and the charges dismissed.
In some cases, options are available by which a conviction can be avoided. Under California law, the court has discretion to allow individuals accused of certain, first time drug related offenses to complete drug diversion programs. If the drug diversion program is successfully completed with no further violations, the original drug charge will be dismissed resulting in no criminal conviction.
California has some of the toughest drug laws in the country with most drug offenses requiring jail or prison sentences upon conviction. The penalties for drug charges involving sales or trafficking can be severe resulting in lengthy jail or prison commitments even for first time offenders. Drug related convictions can also pose significant problems for future employers as well as an professions requiring licensing.
Retaining a criminal attorney, skilled and knowledgeable with all of the possible options and defenses available is essential if you have been charged with a drug related offense. Call the Law Offices of C. Bradley Patton now at (760) 438-3636 to schedule your free consultation.
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