Our skilled Corona drug lawyers at The Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of combined narcotics defense experience. We know precisely how these cases are prosecuted in this area, allowing us to build proactive, effective defense strategies for any drug-related charges. If you have been charged with a drug offense, we urge you to immediately contact our legal team immediately. We could begin a thorough investigation into the alleged offense and determine the best course of action to help you obtain a positive resolution.

Types of Drug Charges

Local prosecutors pursue narcotics charges aggressively. Commonly charged drug offenses include simple possession, drug sale or transportation, narcotics manufacturing, prescription fraud, and controlled substance trafficking. Convictions of drug crimes come with severe consequences, so retaining an aggressive defense attorney in Corona is necessary to fight these charges effectively.

Simple Drug Possession

California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS makes it unlawful to possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. A controlled substance is any drug listed on California’s Schedule of Controlled Substances. This includes methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, cocaine, Xanax, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. A simple drug possession offense is charged as a misdemeanor under Proposition 47 and carries penalties that include up to one year in jail, fines of up to $1,000, probation, mandatory drug counseling, and community service. For first-time offenders, our attorneys are typically successful in having our clients enter a drug diversion program and avoid a criminal conviction.

What is a Drug Diversion Program?

California Penal Code 1000 PC allows individuals charged with misdemeanor drug charges to enter a drug diversion program in place of a conviction. If the program is completed, the charges will be dropped, allowing you to avoid jail time and a criminal record. However, it is necessary to be committed to completing the program successfully. If you do not complete the program, you could be convicted of the original charges and receive court-imposed penalties.

Defenses for Charges Involving Controlled Substances

The punishment for a drug conviction is harsh and can last a lifetime. Fortunately, several defenses could be implemented by our knowledgeable drug defense lawyers in Corona to have your charges reduced or even dismissed. The most effective argument depends on the specifics of the case, but some may include:

  • You had a valid prescription.
  • You were unaware you possessed a controlled substance.
  • The substance in question belonged to another individual.
  • The substance was discovered as a result of an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement.

Speak with a Corona Drug Attorney

Narcotics convictions lead to substantial, long-term penalties that may include jail time, steep fines, and a permanent criminal record. That is why it is essential to have competent, aggressive legal counsel to defend you zealously against these charges. Our Corona drug lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have what it takes to advocate on your behalf effectively. Contact our office today for a free, no-obligation case analysis. Our skilled attorneys could review your case, discuss your legal options, and determine a solid strategy to protect your rights.

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