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Los Angeles is a city that does not tolerate drug offenses. If you are accused or charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, or possession with intent to sell, contact our firm immediately, and our experienced Los Angeles drug possession attorneys will assist you.
Our law firm has many years of experience when it comes to dealing with drug possession cases. We will help you fight for your constitutional rights.
It is unlawful for any individual to possess controlled substances, according to California Health and Safety Code Sections 11357 and 11350. These controlled substances have been listed under Health and Safety Code Sections 11054 and 11055. They include:
2. Opiates and opiate derivatives
6. Hallucinogenic substances
The above-mentioned drugs are just a few examples. Several other drugs are also treated as controlled substances, and it is illegal to possess or sell them.
Prosecution of drug possession in Los Angeles
The prosecutor will use the totality of circumstances method to build a strong case against you. For example, if you are found in the possession of cocaine and you are alone, the prosecution will work hard to prove that the drugs were yours simply because you were found alone. They will charge you with possession of drugs, and present these facts in court.
Since the prosecution’s case is based on facts, a skilled and experienced Los Angeles drug possession attorney will use these facts to weaken the prosecution’s case, by building and presenting a powerful defense. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable when it comes to representing clients accused of drug possession. We have been representing Los Angeles residents for a long time. Our techniques based on attacking the credibility of evidence as well as the witnesses in your case.
Being accused or charged with a drug possession offense does not necessarily make one guilty. As per the law, one is innocent until the prosecution proves otherwise. The district attorney is mandated with the task of proving that you were in possession of a narcotic, or you intended to sell it.
The prosecution must prove that you:
1. Had control over the narcotic or illegal substance
2. Knew the drug was a controlled substance
3. Possessed the narcotic with intent to sell
As you can see, the prosecutor is faced with an enormous task of proving various elements of your case. But you can be convicted easily if you don’t have a strong defense team. The skilled attorneys at our law firm will look for weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, and help you win the case.
Los Angeles drug possession penalties
In Los Angeles, a drug possession crime can either be prosecuted as a misdemeanor as a felony. Obviously, possessing the most controlled substance will be prosecuted as a felony. Penalties for drug possession depend on the type of drug as well and as the amount of drug in question. The penalties include:
4. Mandatory counseling
6. Community service
The consequences of a drug possession charge become even more severe when other related charges are also presented in court. For instance, if you are driving while under the influence, and are also found to possess controlled substances, your punishment will be more serious. You may be charged with two separate violations, thus increasing the complexity of your case.
Contact us immediately
Our law firm is the perfect go-to place when facing drug possession charges in Los Angeles. We have been representing clients with such cases for very many years. We’ll explain to you what defenses we could use to ensure your charges are dismissed.
The good thing about drug possession charges is that there is always a chance for one to complete a drug diversion program.