A person can violate drug laws by using, possessing, manufacturing, transporting or distributing illegal drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, PCP, opium, or methamphetamines). In California the penalties for drug offenses can be severe. Charges will usually be based on such variables as the amount of drugs in possession, the type of illegal activity the defendant participated in, or whether or not the accused was armed with a weapon. These three factors will determine whether the defendant is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, and will have a direct influence on the type of punishment he/she will receive if found guilty.
The ultimate sentencing for a drug offense may be determined by the classification or type of drug, the quantity in possession, and the intent to sell or distribute, and also whether the accused has any prior drug offenses on his or her record.
Some consequences of a conviction include prison, jail time, probation, steep monetary fines, community service, mandatory participation in a drug treatment program, and registration as a drug offender.
It is important to call an attorney to see if you are eligible for alternative sentencing, such as diversion or Proposition 36. Successful completion of these programs could result in dismissal of your charges.
At the Law Offices of Ella Fernandez you will speak to an attorney who is an expert in drug crimes. As a prior “drug court trail team leader” with the District Attorney’s office, Mrs. Fernandez has handled thousands of drug case over the years and has trained others in the legal community about drug laws, drug sentencing and alternative drug programs.
Contact our Riverside County Drug Crime AttorneysIf you have been charged with a drug crime, you should hire an experienced attorney immediately. At The Law Offices of Ella Fernandez, our talented Riverside County drug crime attorneys are extremely well-versed in California drug law, and know the most effective ways to obtain favorable results for our clients. Our attorneys personally evaluate each case, challenge tough evidence, interview eye witnesses, and aggressively negotiate with judges and prosecutors. We understand that these can be frightening and confusing times for everyone involved. Our attorneys are dedicated to making sure each client receives the personalized attention and compassionate legal care they deserve.
If you are in need of a dedicated Riverside County drug crime attorney, contact The Law Offices of Ella Fernandez today for your free consultation at (951) 683-5357.