Stockton Law Firm Delivers Strong Counsel in Drug Crime Cases
Skilled attorneys to handle any substance-related allegations
California’s drug laws list six different classifications of controlled substances. Depending upon certain factors, the same offense can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, with widely varying sentences upon conviction. If you face drug charges, a knowledgeable, trustworthy attorney is essential in giving you the best chance of beating them or having them downgraded. At San Joaquin Family Law, we have a detailed understanding of drug charges under California law. Additionally, attorney Jacob Benguerel’s experience in law enforcement offers our clients an advantage in seeking to have cases dismissed due to improperly obtained evidence and other procedural misconduct.
Experienced counsel for the full range of drug possession charges
Recent changes to California law have lessened the penalties for marijuana possession, but not for intent to distribute. With other drugs, there are varying degrees of punishment depending on the substance involved. If you have been arrested for drug possession, we can explain the following aspects of possession charges:
- Misdemeanors and Proposition 47 — A recent California referendum downgraded personal possession crimes for most substances to misdemeanors. However, this is not true for some defendants with additional criminal history.
- Cultivation and manufacture — California law considers the illegal growing or making of controlled substances in an amount greater than would be used personally as felonies because they exhibit an intent to sell.
- Medical marijuana — Individuals with physician approval may possess, grow and use marijuana for personal treatment. For those who grow their own, state law limits them to six mature or twelve immature plants.
No matter what specific issues are confronting you, San Joaquin Family Law can ensure that your rights are preserved at trial.
Strong advocates for people accused of drug trafficking
When people think of drug trafficking, kingpins with massive amounts of one illegal substance or another often come to mind. Serious penalties exist for these crimes, but drug trafficking charges often come from much more mundane circumstances. Mailing prescription drugs that you’re no longer using to a friend or relative might subject you to the same legal consequences as the kingpin.
Asserting clients’ legal rights when items are labeled as drug paraphernalia
California’s Health and Safety Code classifies the possession of drug paraphernalia as a misdemeanor. Paraphernalia can include many different items, such as pipes or syringes used to ingest drugs. These charges often accompany drug possession counts. Many items can have uses that are not associated with controlled substances, so if you have been unfairly charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, the attorneys at San Joaquin Family Law can assert a defense that the item was only used for legal purposes.
Defending individuals arrested for possession with intent to sell drugs
A skilled defense attorney is vital for those facing possession with intent to sell charges. These carry much higher penalties than simple possession charges, and the deciding factor is often proving what was going through the mind of the accused. Our attorneys are experienced at effectively presenting evidence in court and can defend your rights if you’re unfairly being charged with the intent to distribute.
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, contact our California criminal defense law firm
San Joaquin Family Law represents individuals accused of drug crimes and other offenses. For a free consultation in our Stockton office, call 209.478.2700 or contact us online.