Lancaster CA Drug Crimes Lawyer
Compassionate Legal Service in Quartz Hill, Palmdale & the California Surrounding Areas
Are you being investigated or have you been charged with a drug crime? Drug possession and other charges can result in heavy penalties involving jail or prison time, steep fines, and probation. When facing such a situation, don’t make any statements to law enforcement without an experienced Lancaster drug crime defense attorney on your side. At Law Offices of Jesse P. Duran, we have more than a decade of experience defending drug charges in the local courts.
How Long Do You Go To Jail For Drug Possession?
Drug possession sentencing is based upon the type of drug, the weight of the drug and the variety of previous convictions. Depending on the possession of drug, a drug crimes attorney in California can help avoid incarceration and seek approval for a "drug diversion" program where you enter treatment for your substance abuse instead of going to prison. In a drug diversion program, your charges will be dismissed if your total treatment.
California’s Drug Laws & Consequences
Despite the fact that marijuana for personal use has been legalized in California, other drug crimes remain aggressively pursued and prosecuted by law enforcement. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you avoid a conviction for your drug charges.
These crimes can include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell
- Distribution of controlled substances
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
California criminalizes the possession of its controlled substances, such as:
- Unauthorized prescription drugs, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Adderall, Xanax, and more
Simple possession of a controlled substance is generally charged as a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. For first offenses of a nonviolent nature, you may be eligible for a diversion program under Proposition 36 in which probation and a drug treatment program is ordered in lieu of jail time.
Other drug crimes and repeat offenses carry harsher punishments involving longer jail or prison terms and heavier fines. A drug crime conviction can also affect the immigration status of noncitizens.
Law Office of Jesse P. Duran Can Defend You
As in any case, the prosecution has the burden of proving all elements of your offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Defenses do exist for drug crimes, but you will need the skills and knowledge of our Lancaster drug crime defense lawyer to create a viable strategy. Whether through negotiation with the prosecutor or presenting a strong defense in court, our firm is here to fight for your best outcome every step of the way.
Call us at (661) 903-8056 to arrange to speak with Lancaster, CA drug crime lawyer Jesse P. Duran about your case.