San Diego Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
One major practice area covered by Ross Law Center is drug crimes. Drug-related crimes cover a wide range of specific offenses, and many of them carry stiff penalties that have life-long detrimental effects. When the stakes are so high, it is important to have the best legal representation on your side, and we can assure you that our law firm is second to none in protecting your rights and fighting for your future.
The Litany of Drug-Related Crimes
Drug crimes vary widely in regard to their seriousness and carry correspondingly various sentences with them. Prosecutors often view drug-crime cases as easy targets to bolster their anti-crime image and often push for extremely severe sentences even for the least extreme violations. For this reason, it behooves you to get the best defense attorney you can to defend you in this class of cases. Some of many drug-related charges, both state and federal, that we can defend you against include:
- Simple possession of an illegal drug, including marijuana
- Possession with intent to sell and/or distribute
- Drug trafficking, smuggling, and importation
- Money laundering or conspiracy charges
- Manufacture of illegal drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine
- Cultivation of marijuana
- Unauthorized possession and/or sale of prescription drugs
- Drug offenses committed against juveniles or students
- Burglary or larceny committed to support a drug habit
- Driving under the influence of either alcohol or other drugs
The Consequences of Drug-Related Crimes
Millions of Americans are in jail today due to a drug conviction. The length of their sentences vary from months to decades based on the seriousness or the crime and the effectiveness of their defense attorney. Having a drug crime on your permanent record can affect future employment opportunities, and there are other consequences as well such as asset forfeiture. Automobiles can be impounded, cash can be confiscated, and property whereon illegal drugs were distributed can be seized. Even the property of the offender's parents can be seized if it was used for drug distribution.
San Diego lawyer: drug crime cases have numerous defenses
Charges related to the Controlled Substance Act are generally called “drug crimes.” Because drug cases have numerous defenses, the award-winning attorneys at Ross Law Center aggressively apply their knowledge of criminal law and the San Diego court system to ensure that defendants’ rights are fully protected.
Our drug crime defense lawyers have a history of successfully defending clients charged with possession, manufacturing, and distribution of controlled substances such as
- Anabolic steroids
- Chemicals used to produce controlled substances (illegal drugs)
Drug cases often hinge on search warrants, car searches, undercover informants, “stings” with officers posing as drug dealers, and wiretaps. Our San Diego drug crime lawyers are familiar with these police procedures. They will ensure that your constitutional rights are protected – and that any violations of your rights will be found and used to your advantage.
Drug penalties in California and federal courts
First-time drug offenders usually are ordered to enter a short drug-treatment program, because these cases generally involve possession of a controlled substance for personal use.
However, if prosecutors believe the arrestee possessed drugs with the intent to sell, or had transported drugs, a prison term may be sought. Penalties can be severe, especially when narcotics are involved. Depending on the scope of the seizure, a first-offence conviction could involve a prison sentence of up to 20 years – plus hefty fines. California’s “Three Strikes” law means a defendant with two previous drug-related offenses could be sentenced to life in prison.
Marijuana cases in San Diego County must take into account California’s medical marijuana laws. However, marijuana remains a controlled substance under state and federal statutes. Drug crime defense attorneys at Ross Law Center are familiar with all applicable laws, and have extensive experience fighting these charges.
If charged with a drug offense, immediately contact an experienced San Diego criminal defense lawyer. Our law firm is prepared to capably handle your case.
A Defense Attorney for Drug-Related Crimes
We at Ross Law Center have been defending San Diego and southern California residents accused of drug crimes for many years, and we are thoroughly familiar with how to best proceed with every kind of drug case. If you were wrongfully arrested without being read your rights or if a field test was administered in an illegal or improper manner, we can fight hard to ensure your rights are respected. By carefully cross-examining state witnesses and closely scrutinizing state evidence, we can tilt the odds more in your favor. While seeking an acquittal wherever possible, we can also minimize the consequences of a conviction by skillfully negotiating an acceptable plea agreement. We work hard to secure for you the best possible outcome from day one, so don't hesitate to call us today at 858-805-5772 for a free consultation and valuable legal advice.
Ross Law Center has the expertise and dedication to its clients necessary to gain for you the best possible outcome in your domestic violence or drug crime case. We have won many past cases little different than your own, and we look forward to serving you. If you are facing drug or domestic violence allegations, contact us today at 858-805-5772 for some help from the experts.
Ross Law Center specializes in DUI and Criminal Defense Law in San Diego, Vista, El Cajon, Oceanside, Chula Vista, and other San Diego County communities. Our skilled attorneys have extensive experience successfully defending clients charged with drug crimes. The first consultation is free.