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In the United States, millions of people are arrested annually for drug crimes. Controlled substances require a physician’s prescription or have been deemed illegal and without medical value by federal or state law. Due to the potential for addiction, misuse, abuse, and harm to the general public, as well as the potential for drug trafficking, the making of illegal money, and the potential for violence associated with drug sales, controlled drugs are closely monitored.

States have distinct classifications and punishments for various controlled substances. The penalties and fines associated with the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, trafficking, production, and delivery of controlled substances vary between the state and federal levels. On the federal level, sentences for drug offenses are typically more severe. This is because charges such as drug trafficking frequently involve the transportation of drugs across state lines. On the state level, drug possession charges are more prevalent and typically carry lighter penalties.

Seriousness Of Crimes When Compared With Other Offenses

To display the gravity of the sentencing guidelines and possible penalties for drug offenses, you can compare the sentencing ranges for drug offenses to other crimes with the same penalties.

Class X felony: A conviction for the selling of 15 grams of cocaine or heroin is a class X felony, which is non-probational and carries with it a mandatory minimum of 6 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Other class X offenses include aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, armed robbery, and attempted murder.

Class 1 felony: A conviction for selling between 5 to 15 grams of cocaine or 3 to 15 grams of heroin is a class 1 felony. A class 1 felony is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. Class 1 felonies include criminal sexual assault, residential burglary, and robbery.

Class 2 felony: A conviction for selling under a gram of cocaine or heroin is a class 2 felony punishable by 3-7 years in prison. The same sentence applies to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and burglary.

TYPES OF DRUG CRIMES

Possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, ketamine, Xanax, oxycontin, and other prescription pills is a crime in California. The possession of up to an ounce of cannabis has been legalized, but the sale, delivery, or growing of marijuana is still a crime. Criminal charges stemming from possession, sales, distribution, or trafficking of drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and prescription drugs without a prescription are felonies. Felonies carry more severe penalties than misdemeanor offenses, including prison (over one year), and can include large fines.

DRUG CATEGORIES

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the severity of your sentence will also depend on what schedule the drug is categorized under. Drugs are categorized under one of five schedules determined based on whether they have any medical benefit or potential for abuse or addiction. Schedule I drugs are defined as those with no accepted medical benefit and have a high potential for abuse and addiction, such as heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, and peyote. Schedule II drugs have a high possibility for abuse and may lead to psychological or physical dependence, such as methamphetamine, cocaine, methadone, Demerol, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Adderall, and other prescription drugs.
If you are charged with a drug offense, prosecutors will determine the severity level based on what they allege you are doing with the drugs. Acts involving drugs fall into the following categories:

  • Possession: If a person is found with drugs but wasn’t seen selling or delivering, they will likely be charged with possession. Based on factors such as the weight of the drugs, how the drugs are packaged, whether large amounts of money are recovered with the drugs and whether other items such as scales and baggies are, a person may be charged with simple possession or possession with intent to sell. Straight possession is the most frequent drug offense that a person can be arrested for. This happens when the person knowingly and intentionally possesses a controlled substance and has a sufficient quantity to satisfy personal use or sale.

  • Constructive possession: You can be charged with possessing drugs even if you are not carrying the drugs. If the drugs were found on the suspect’s property and that person knows they are present, they can be charged. This is the concept of constructive possession.
  • Possession with intent to sell/delivery: As we mentioned above, prosecutors look at factors such as the weight of the drugs, how the drugs are packaged, whether large amounts of money are recovered with the drugs and whether other items such as scales and baggies to determine whether a person will be charged with possession or possession with intent to sell. Possession with intent to sell and deliver carries greater penalties than simple possession. Law enforcement would rather punish the drug dealer than the user.
  • Manufacturing or Cultivating: Depending on the type of drug the individual is alleged to be growing or making, charges of manufacturing or cultivating a controlled substance can be brought. If the production of the drug is a chemical, like heroin, ecstasy, or cocaine, the person will be charged with manufacturing. Cultivating, on the other hand, means the illegal growing, possessing, or producing of controlled substances such as growing cannabis.

  • Trafficking: We have represented many individuals charged with drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is the illegal transportation, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking, on the state and federal levels, carries with it some of the harshest penalties related to drug crimes. Prosecutors will look at the type of drugs involved, how the drugs are transported, the level of sophistication involved in the transportation and trafficking of the drugs, the number of people involved in the operation, the distance and scope of the distribution ring, who the intended drugs were meant to be sold to, how much money was involved in the transactions and the quantity of how much the person intended to sell.

DRUG CRIME PENALTIES

In California, drug crimes carry a wide range of sentences and punishments. For example, a simple possession charge may carry a penalty of more than one year in prison. Drug distribution and trafficking charges carry possible penalties of 60 years or more, with heavy fines and accompanying charges. Suppose the attorney takes on your case. In my experience, federal prosecutors do not charge drug crimes unless there is evidence of trafficking, distribution, violence associated with drug sales, or deaths resulting from the enterprise. In that case, the punishments tend to be more severe, as mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines have been enacted to punish high-level drug dealing operations.

DEFENSES TO DRUG CRIMES

Suppose you have been charged with a drug crime. In that case, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you explore options to challenge, reduce, or eliminate charges by arguing certain legal defenses in your case. Some of these defenses include:

  • Illegal Search and Seizure

    The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from unlawful searches and seizures by law enforcement. We have had numerous drug crimes dismissed due to courts determining that law enforcement officers violated our client’s constitutional rights and illegally searched and seized property, violating their right to privacy without probable cause.

  • Lack of possession – In constructive possession cases, lack of possession may be argued to show that the suspect did not know and had no reason to know the illegal drugs were on their property or that they ever possessed it in the first place.

  • Suppressing Evidence – There is a particular legal method related to how evidence is admitted in court and a case. Sometimes, evidence is improperly handled, stored, transferred, analyzed, or entered. In those cases, an attorney can ask for it to be excluded from the case.

  • Negotiation with Prosecutors – If other possible legal defenses are not viable, an experienced attorney can work with their client and prosecutors to get a reduced sentence if they cooperate with prosecutors, collaborate with law enforcement, and save the taxpayers the time and energy of a trial and litigation.

 

California Drug Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact Kareem A. Ramadan, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case. If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

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Drug Crime Penalties

In California, sentences and punishments for drug crimes are diverse. A simple possession charge, for instance, may carry a sentence of more than one year in prison. Distribution and trafficking charges carry potential prison terms of 60 years or more, in addition to hefty fines and other fees.

 Federal prosecutors do not charge drug crimes unless there is evidence of drug trafficking, distribution, violence associated with drug sales, or drug-related deaths. Mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines have been enacted to punish high-level drug trafficking operations. The penalties are typically more severe if the California drug defense Attorney accepts your case.

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In general, first-time misdemeanor drug possession charges are punishable by one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The time you spend in jail for possession of drugs in California depends on several factors, including If you are charged with “simple possession.”

If you’ve been convicted of a felony in California, that will remain on your criminal record indefinitely. That is, unless, you file a petition to have your conviction expunged. Certain felonies in California can be expunged – or removed – from your record

If you face a misdemeanor, the maximum punishment is 12 months in jail. For possession of marijuana, the offense is punishable by up to six months of jail time. Juvenile drug possession California charges could only be for an infraction.

Make Sure You Hire a Reliable Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.

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KAREEM LAW APC – CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
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