The Consequences of a Drug Conviction in California
In California, it is illegal to be in the possession of certain types of narcotics. When a person is caught having certain drugs in his or her possession, the person will likely face criminal charges, among other penalties such as hefty fines and jail time. The consequences faced for the possession of illegal narcotics can vary from case to case. If you or someone you love is facing a drug possession charge, it is important to take swift action and hire proficient legal counsel. Southern California’s criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can bring the representation your case deserves.
The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have many years of dedicated experience representing clients facing drug charges. When you are facing this type of charge, the proficient attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP will help you understand what your legal options are and aggressively advocate in your defense. Consider hiring the attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP – schedule a complimentary consultation by completing the online contact form here.
The Penalties for Drug Possession in California
Under current state law, drug possession is penalized based on the type of narcotic involved, the number of drugs found, as well as the intended use of the drug in possession. Following the passing of Prop 47 in 2014, the sentencing for drug possession charges changed. Based on the new law, a vast majority of drug possession charges could only be punishable as misdemeanors.
When a person is found with a large number of narcotics or if the illegal substance is classified as being more dangerous, the possession will likely be charged as a felony. However, when the possession involved a drug that is considered less dangerous and was in a smaller quantity, the case will probably be charged as a misdemeanor. It is also important to note that repeat offenders may face greater fines and harsher penalties in general.
Defend Against a Drug Possession
In every drug possession charge, it is necessary to examine whether there were any violations of the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. When a person is facing drug possession charges, numerous strategies could be used to defend a person’s rights, which will include limiting the risk of a conviction.
Whether you or a loved one has been recently charged with a drug-related charge, it is very important to take swift action and seek the support of a well-versed criminal defense attorney. An attorney with the right experience will fight to ensure the rights of the defendant have not been violated.
Do Not Handle a Case Alone – Allow a Well-Versed Attorney to Advocate For You
The State of California considers drug offenses very seriously and when a person is charged with possession of a controlled substance, it is critically important that the support of a skilled criminal defense attorney is retained right away.
The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have an in-depth understanding of the California court system and they have extensive knowledge of the laws surrounding criminal drug offenses. When facing drug possession charges, the law firm is prepared to handle your case and help you defend against the charges. Consider obtaining the support of the attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP and begin strategizing a strong defense. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with the law firm by completing the online contact form here.
Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.