It is very important that you hire a California drug defense attorney is you are arrested for a drug related offense including drug possession, drug transportation, drug manufacturing or drug distribution. A conviction on these charges could result in a lengthy prison sentence or collateral consequences—e.g. trouble finding safe and decent housing, termination of government provided benefits, or loss of employment.
These types of cases will require a thorough investigation into the state’s case against you. Usually an evaluation will need to be conducted to learn why law enforcement officers believed they had probable cause to arrest you. Further, a drug related charge will often trigger constitutional issues such as your rights against unreasonable search and seizures or your right against self-incrimination. If you have been recently charged with a drug offense, contact our attorneys today before making a statement to the police. Any statements you may have made surrounding your arresting circumstances could be held against you in court.
What are California Drug Laws?
In California, the most serious drug related offenses include drug possession, drug possession for sale, drug manufacturing and drug trafficking. Under 11350 of the Health and Safety Code, it is illegal to possess a controlled substance such as cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, meth, prescription painkillers without an authorized prescription, and others.
Further, under 11351 of the Health and Safety Code, it is a felony offense if you are found guilty of possessing illegal drugs for the purpose of selling. If you have been charged with this drug crime, you need to be aware that the prosecutor does not need to prove that there was an exchange between you and another person. You could be convicted if the state can prove that you had the intent to sell an illegal drug by attempting to introduce as evidence the packaging contents of the drug, weighing scales, quantity of drugs, or statements of informants.