Los Angeles Federal Drug Possession Lawyer
Have you been arrested for possession of drugs?
Drug crimes range in severity from state crimes like possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia to felony crimes such as drug trafficking and drug conspiracy. Certain drug crimes can be prosecuted in federal court.
In California, federal drug crimes can include manufacturing, trafficking, smuggling of illegal drugs and marijuana cultivation. Controlled substances are narcotics, opiates, depressants, hallucinogens, and stimulants. The most common type of drugs involved in drug possession criminal charges include methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and prescription drugs.
If you are now facing a federal drug crime charge, it is very important that you have qualified legal counsel on your side. California Law varies widely between misdemeanor and felony charges and usually depends on the type of drug and quantity seized.
The state of California leads the nation in drug offender incarceration and has seen a huge increase in the number of offenders sentenced to state prisons. If you are convicted of a federal drug offense, it usually results in a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
How this drug crime is charged depends on the type and quantity of the drugs involved and whether the drugs were only for personal use or there was an intent to sell the drugs. Other factors include prior criminal record, especially a prior drug conviction.
The best legal defense against a drug crime charge is to challenge how the evidence was obtained. You have a constitutional right against illegal search and seizures. This means any illegal evidence seized can't be used in court to convict you. However, you will need the legal services of an experienced lawyer at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin to challenge the method the evidence was obtained. If your attorney is successful, then the evidence is suppressed and the case could be dismissed.
Contact a Los Angeles drug possession lawyer at our law firm to learn how we can starting building a strong defense on your behalf.