Orange County Drug Crime Attorney
Possession, Sale & Related Offenses
When you have been charged with a drug-related offense, it is very important
that you speak with an experienced lawyer who can help you with your defense.
Even if you do not have a prior criminal record, you could still face
very serious consequences if you are convicted. It is crucial that you
do everything in your power to defend yourself and maintain your rights
throughout your criminal trial. An Orange County
criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman can guide your case through
with the intention of achieving a desirable outcome. Narcotic and drug
offenses include many different crimes, such as distributing, trafficking,
selling, possessing or manufacturing controlled substances. If your alleged
crime includes the following drugs, you could face enhanced punishment:
The above substances are classified by the
United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as Schedule I narcotics, meaning that they have a very high potential
for abuse. Therefore, the consequences for crimes involving these drugs
can be severe.
Types of Drug Crimes
This is the most common type of drug offense. It is usually considered
a misdemeanor, unless the amount of the narcotic was excessive or the
individual had prior drug offenses. Possession of marijuana is now only
an infraction in California.
Possession for sale of an illegal narcotic can be considered a felony
or misdemeanor. The penalties will vary depending upon the amount of the
substance as well as the type or "schedule."
It is illegal to possess medical marijuana in the state of California
if you are a medical marijuana card-holder (MMIC). The maximum amount
a person can have at one time is 8oz. dried, 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants.
Trafficking and transporting illegal narcotics is considered part of the
black market. This serious felony offense requires aggressive defense.
The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act
Drug crimes in California are outlined in the
Health and Safety Code § 11377-11382.5. With the passage of the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012,
synthetic substances such as K2, spice and bath salts are now considered
illegal to possess or sell just as their natural counterparts like marijuana
and LSD. The controlled substances act classifies drugs by schedules such
as Schedule I, II and III. Schedule I are the most severe type of drugs.
Drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine are on this list. While simple
possession might be considered a misdemeanor, the sale or transportation
of even a lesser Schedule drug can be considered a felony.
In California, there is something called the "Drug Diversion Program"
otherwise known as "Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)." This is an alternative method of sentencing for some qualifying
individuals. Basically, a person arrested and charged with a drug crime
will plead guilty to the charges, but their sentence will be "deferred"
until completion of a drug diversion program which could include drug
counseling or rehabilitation. If the program is successfully completed,
then the charges can be dropped and the sentencing avoided. Some individuals
who might qualify are those with no prior drug offenses, those arrested
for simple possession or those whose crime did not include a
What should I do if I am under investigation for a drug crime?
It is in your best interests to
speak with an attorney immediately if you are aware that law enforcement agencies (federal or
state) are investigating you for narcotic-related offenses or
medical marijuana offenses. The sooner you being building a possible defense, the better
you will be prepared if you are actually charged. At their firm, they
are extremely experienced and dedicated to providing you with a solid
defense that is geared to protect your rights and freedoms in the face
of any possible criminal charge. Your attorney at their office will work
tirelessly to uphold your best interests throughout the duration of your
case. You should be able to trust your legal representative to provide
you with the best possible defense – that is why Mr. Bridgman and
his team will use every resource to give you the defense that you deserve.