Drug crimes in Los Angeles California refer to the possession, sale, transportation, manufacturing, transportation for sale of an unlawful narcotic, money laundering, drug trafficking and distribution. Narcotics crimes and Drug offenses in California are the unlawful use or possession of narcotics including cocaine in its base form (crack), marijuana, methamphetamine (speed), heroin, LSD, cocaine, PCP, ecstasy, as well as unauthorized use, possession or sale of prescription drugs such as Vicodin or Oxycontin.
Drug offenses range in severity from misdemeanor offenses like possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia to felony crimes such as drug trafficking and the sale of narcotics. Sentences for drug crimes range from fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences and seizure of property. According to the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, California has led the nation in drug offender incarceration and has experienced a 25 fold increase in the number of drug offenders sentenced to state prisons. Conviction on a federal drug charge often results in a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
List of Los Angeles drug crimes include:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of a narcotic
- Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance
- Transportation of a Controlled Substance
- Transportation for Sale of a Controlled Substance
- Sale or Furnish a Controlled Substance to a Minor
- Selling a Substance in Lieu of a Controlled Substance
Our defense lawyers thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case. We analyze issues ranging from the traffic stop (if there was a traffic stop) to the search and seizure. You have constitutional rights and we enforce them. If evidence was obtained in violation of your rights, we fight to have that evidence suppressed at trial, thus weakening the prosecutor’s case against you. As a result, we are often able to obtain dismissals, reduction of drug charges or reduction of the potential penalties. We regularly negotiate for a variety of treatment-based diversion programs, which make our clients eligible to earn a dismissal after successful completion.
Legal Advice for your Los Angeles Drug Crime Case
When you’re arrested for a drug crime, you need immediate assistance from a criminal defense attorney. The personal costs can be high when you try to work out your criminal charges on your own. An experienced criminal lawyer knows what to expect and can help you through the complicated criminal justice process. The right legal representation makes a big difference in resolving your drug case in your favor.
It’s important to arrange a legal consultation even if you believe you have no defenses to an alleged crime. An aggressive attorney can review your case, explain your options, and help you decide on a strategy that will work best for your situation.