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Attorneys Committed To Preserving Your Options When You Are Charged With Drug Crimes

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. Our founding attorney Jacob Benguerel has prior experience in law enforcement. He knows how to examine evidence and the conduct of the officers in your case, and he will use this to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Helping You Protect Your Rights

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's 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.

While possession makes up the majority of drug cases that we see, drug trafficking charges are also very common across the state. 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.

Understand All Of Your Options

We want to help you build the best possible defense for the charges you are facing. To speak to our experienced lawyers about your case in a free, half-hour consultation, call our office at 209-478-2700 or send us an email. We are located in downtown Stockton, one block from the courthouse.