If you have been charged with a narcotics offense, having an experienced criminal defense attorney could make all the difference in the outcome. You may be able to avoid prison and a host of other consequences with guidance from a legal professional. Our Orange County drug crime lawyers at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry could help you defend your case and protect your rights. With competent representation by our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys, you may receive a lesser penalty or possibly no penalty at all.

Orange County Drug Crimes

“Drug crimes” is a general term for numerous types of narcotics-related offenses. Our local attorneys could build a solid defense based on the specific drug charges you face. Some of the most common charges an individual may face include:

  • Transporting a controlled substance(s)
  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • Possessing a narcotic
  • Transporting a controlled substance for sale
  • Possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • Selling or furnishing a controlled substance to a minor
  • Selling a substance in place of a controlled substance

These crimes vary significantly in their severity, but all charges should be taken seriously. The knowledge of an attorney who is familiar with trying drug crime cases in the area could greatly increase your chances of obtaining a positive outcome.

What is Considered Illegal Drug Possession?

Possession of a controlled substance, such as heroin or cocaine or prescription drugs not obtained without proper documentation, is against the law. The possession of most drugs is charged and prosecuted under California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS and is usually charged as a misdemeanor.

First offenses often receive a diversionary, or deferred, entry of judgment to avoid a criminal conviction. In these situations, you should have an experienced lawyer to stand up for you. Our firm could present your case before the court as a nonviolent, first-time offender with a request for an alternative sentence.

The typical penalties for drug possession are up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. With the help of a lawyer in Orange County, you may be able to have the drug charges dropped or substantially lessened.

What is Drug Trafficking?

Under California Health and Safety Code 11352 HS, drug trafficking is considered the sale and transportation of controlled substances. It is further defined as:

  • Selling, furnishing, administering, giving away, transporting for sale, or importing a controlled substance
  • Having knowledge that the drug in question was a controlled substance
  • Knowing of the presence of a controlled substance
  • Having control over a usable amount of the controlled substance.

Drug Trafficking in California is a felony. The punishment ranges from three to nine years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Additionally, certain factors can add to the penalties. Some include:

  • Transporting specific quantities of controlled substances
  • Selling controlled substances to a minor
  • Drug trafficking near a treatment center
  • Selling to an individual who is pregnant, has a mental health disorder, or a convicted felon

Additional punishment for these factors may include an additional three to five years in prison, additional fines, and felony probation. If you have been accused of this type of drug crime, our attorneys could help you build a case in your defense.

Speak with an Orange County Drug Crime Attorney Today

Facing narcotics charges is a serious and frightening situation. Our experienced and knowledgeable Orange County drug crime lawyers at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry could help you through the process. Our team could perform an in-depth investigation into the alleged offenses to find evidence and witnesses to help support your version of events. Our attorneys could effectively present supporting evidence to the prosecutor and seek to have the charges reduced or dismissed. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.

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