Our approach to defending drug crime charges is successful because we aggressively defend our clients' rights. Call us right now at (800) 209-4331 so we can help choose the course of action that is right for you.
California Penal Code 2002:
Health & Safety § 11379:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) and in Article 7 (commencing with Section 4211) of Chapter 9 of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, every person who transports, imports into this state, sells, furnishes, administers. or gives away, or offers to transport, import into this state, sell, furnish, administer, or give away, or attempts to import into this state or transport any controlled substance which is (1) classified in Schedule III, IV, or V and which is not a narcotic drug, except subdivisino (g) of Section 11056, (2) specified in subdivision (d) of Section 11054, except paragraphs (13), (14), (15), (20), (21), (22), and (23) of subdivision (d), (3) specified in paragraph (11) of subdivision (c) of Section 11056, (4) specified in paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (f) of Section 11054, or (5) specified in subdivision (d) or (e), except paragraph (3) of subdivision (e), or specified in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (f), of Section 11055, unless upon the prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian, licensed to practice in this state, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a period of two, three, or four years.
(b) Notwithstanding the penalty provisions of subdivision (a), any person who transports for sale any controlled substances specified in subdivision (a) within this state from one county to another noncontiguous county shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or nine years.
Don't Become a Casualty of the War on Drugs
While some may view drug use as a "victimless crime," the government views drug use as a direct contributor to violent crime. The federal government is leading a well funded war on drugs that measures its success by the number of arrests made and the size of drug busts. Drug charges are pursued very seriously at both the state and federal level.
The popularity of drugs leads many people to think of drug crimes as minor offenses. Do not underestimate the seriousness drug charges. Most states have minimum sentencing guidelines that include prison time for drug possessions, trafficking, distribution and manufacturing.
Even a simple marijuana possession charge can result in a criminal record that makes it very difficult to find employment. If the quantity is sufficient, you can even find yourself in prison.
A serious concern if you are facing drug charges is whether the federal government is involved. Even if the charge is originally handled by your state, it can easily be handed to federal authorities.
The federal government has an entire agency whose purpose is to obtain drug convictions. Federal agents are experts in using high pressure tactics to obtain confessions and negotiate plea bargains that can land you in prison. Federal convictions carry severe required prison sentences based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Furthermore, under federal law, you will be required to fulfill 85% to 90% of your sentencing time without the possibility of parole.
Serious Charges Require Serious Defense
At The Criminal Defense Group, we have created a special department to handle drug charges. It includes experienced defense attorneys who have worked as federal prosecutors and have inside knowledge of the federal and state criminal process.
Our willingness to fight drug charges regardless of the cost to us has generated phenomenal results for our clients. One of the keys to our success is the vast team of specialists we have at our disposal to fight overzealous prosecutors at all levels of the government.
If you have or someone you know may be facing drug crime charges, please do not hesitate to call us at (800) 209-4331 for a free, confidential initial consultation. Early intervention is critical to obtaining the best results.