If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need representation you can rely on. Our experienced Murrieta drug lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have what it takes to defend you against these charges effectively. Our criminal defense attorneys have intimate knowledge of how these crimes are investigated and prosecuted locally and could advocate aggressively on your behalf to have your charges dismissed or reduced.

What to Know About Drug Offenses

Drug crimes range in severity from misdemeanor simple possession to felony drug trafficking. Controlled substance cases are prosecuted aggressively, and local judges punish defendants convicted on these charges harshly. Convictions can carry hefty fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences and seizure of property. Additionally, federal convictions typically result in stricter sentences that include mandatory prison time.

Local law enforcement diligently pursues drug crimes of all types. Some of these offenses include drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute, manufacturing, and trafficking. An attorney in Murrieta could help someone accused of any one of these drug crimes.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Under California Health and Safety Code 11350, it is unlawful to possess a controlled substance without having a valid prescription. A controlled substance is considered any drug listed on California’s Schedule of Controlled Substances. These substances include:

  • Methamphetamines
  • Heroin
  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Oxycontin
  • Hydrocodone

The most commonly charged controlled substance offenses in California is simple drug possession. It is charged as a misdemeanor, but a conviction carries a sentence that includes jail time and hefty fines. Several solid arguments may be implemented to defend you against a simple drug possession charge. Some of these arguments include:

  • Having valid prescription for the drug.
  • The controlled substance was found during an illegal search by police.
  • Not being aware of being in possession of a controlled substance.
  • The substance in question was not a controlled substance.
  • The controlled substance in question belonged to someone else.

An effective strategy is always case-specific. Our skilled team of lawyers in Murrieta could thoroughly review your drug case and determine a solid argument that could be used to defend you effectively against this charge.

Proposition 47

In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which reclassified criminal offenses such as possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine from felonies to misdemeanors. The proposition aimed to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated on narcotics charges by reducing the penalties for these offenses. To be eligible for reclassification to a misdemeanor and revised sentencing, you must not have a prior conviction for a serious violent felony or be required to register as a sex offender in the state of California.

Speak with an Experienced Murrieta Drug Attorney

An experienced lawyer’s advice and diligent advocacy can mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. If you are being investigated for or charged with a narcotics crime, speak immediately with a skilled Murrieta drug lawyer. Our defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have what it takes to negotiate on your behalf. We are committed to fighting tirelessly to protect your freedom and future. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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