Our Los Angeles drug crime lawyers at Simmrin Law Group can help with a number of different drug charges and alleged offenses. If you are dealing with any criminal matter, it is always best to contact a knowledgeable lawyer who can use their expertise to negotiate with prosecutors, protect clients’ rights, gather and preserve evidence, and work to bring about the best possible outcome at trial.
The Simmrin Law Group is merely a phone call away and offers clients a FREE consultation for all drug-related criminal charges. Call (310) 997-4688 today to get in touch with our experienced drug crimes lawyers in Los Angeles.
Though California has made headway in the decriminalization of marijuana, there are still several ways in which people may find themselves at odds with the law. We at Simmrin Law Group can help you with:
- Concentrated Cannabis: California law requires a person to be 21 to possess concentrates, and even then only up to four grams at a time.
- Marijuana Cultivation: For people over the age of 21, growing up to six marijuana plants is now legal. More than six will result in a marijuana cultivation charge.
- Intent to Sell: While it is now legal to buy and sell marijuana throughout the California, there are restrictions. Selling without a license is illegal and can result in serious penalties.
Marijuana charges can be very serious despite the recent decriminalization trend, and the penalties associated with them can still be devastating. Many marijuana-related drug crimes carry a minimum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine, while more serious ones can result in fines of thousands of dollars and years in state prison. Our drug crimes lawyers are always available to help mitigate the penalties faced by alleged offenders.
Drug Possession Charges
Many drug crimes are focused on the issue of possession, and the severity of these offenses can vary based upon the nature of the drug and the intent of the alleged offender. But what exactly does “possession” mean?
Possessing a drug has a strict legal definition that lays out the criteria that must be proven by the prosecution for a charge to stick. Being in the presence of drugs does not automatically qualify as possession, for example. Instead, the drugs must be on your person or under your control. Of course, having a valid prescription for drugs may be an adequate reason to possess them. A good lawyer can help craft a defense that shows your legal reason to possess controlled substances or pokes holes in the prosecution’s case against you.
Categories of Drugs
Drug possession charges often depend on the identity of the substance in question. Drugs are not always considered equal in the eyes of the law, and with the passage of Proposition 64, new regulations are now in place specifically covering marijuana charges.
Types of drugs that are still heavily restricted include:
- Hallucinogens, such as mushrooms and peyote
- Steroids like ketamine or testosterone
- Depressants, including PCP
- Opiates, such as heroin, codeine, or hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Stimulants like MDMA (Ecstasy) and methamphetamine
If convicted of a drug possession charge, a person can face up to a year in jail as well as fines of up to $1,000. However, much more serious penalties come into play when the prosecution alleges that the person possessed illegal substances with the intent of selling them.
The Intent to Sell Drugs
The law takes the sale of illegal drugs very seriously and punishes possession with intent to sell more harshly than simple possession. In theory, this is designed to stop drug problems at their roots: the sellers. However, sometimes innocent people are caught in the crossfire. Our drug crimes lawyers at the Simmrin Law Group can help.
Though having large quantities of drugs can be a sign of intent to sell, you can be charged with intent to sell even if you only had one dose of a substance in your possession. Law enforcement may cite other signs as the reason for charging you with the intent to sell, including:
- Tools (i.e. scales) used to prepare the drug for sale.
- High amounts of traffic in your personal home or office.
- Eyewitness testimony
If convicted of possessing illegal drugs with the intent of selling them, a person can face several years in state jail as well as up to $20,000 in fines.
The harshest penalties, however, are reserved for people convicted of drug trafficking. This is because such laws were put into place to combat high-level criminal organizations who often bring illegal substances across state lines. These penalties can range from five years to the rest of your life in prison, and fines can range from $2 million to $8 million. With such heavy penalties on the line, it is important to contact our experienced Los Angeles federal crimes lawyers for these matters.
Issues Concerning Drug Paraphernalia
The specifics of the laws surrounding the possession of drug paraphernalia are complex and are often in flux. This is one of the reasons that it is important to contact a skilled lawyer who can help decode the complicated legal jargon and demystify what is and is not considered drug paraphernalia.
A simplified view of the law is that items specifically used for drug consumption, such as a crack pipe, can be considered illegal paraphernalia. In an effort to promote safety, however, California has made some exceptions. At the Simmrin Law Group, we can help clients avoid the six-month jail time and $1,000 fine for convictions in many but not all scenarios.
Contacting the Simmrin Law Group
The Simmrin Law Group is well-versed in defending clients from drug crimes charges. Our lawyers are standing by to offer you a FREE initial consultation to discuss your case and your options going forward. Since drug-related offenses can carry life-altering punishments, do not hesitate to bring our experienced and knowledgeable drug crimes attorneys into the fold. Provide the contact information to the right of this page or call (310) 997-4688 right now.