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Possessing an illegal or controlled substance is a crime in the state of California and carries stiff penalties. These drugs can be many different types and can include such things as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, any of the various “club drugs” or even prescription drugs that were procured illegally. The exact penalties that you would face should you be convicted will vary depending on the type of drug found to be in your possession, the exact amount found, and the vicinity you are found with it.
When faced with drug possession charges, obtaining the dedicated representation of an experienced Los Angeles drug defense attorney is key if you wish to avoid a number of legal penalties. The penalties for possession of a controlled substance or narcotic depend on two factors: the quantity of drugs in question, and the type of drug in question.
For example, possessing less than 1 oz of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine, whereas possessing any amount of cocaine is an immediate felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Even marijuana can bring about felony charges when you have a large quantity of the drugs in your possession.
In addition to imprisonment, a conviction for drug possession can result in thousands of dollars in fines, probation, mandatory drug treatment, community service, and mark on your permanent record.
We at Okabe & Haushalter understand the intricate nature of laws that surround drug crimes and are fully devoted to ensuring that every person who we work with will be awarded the benefit of having a dedicated lawyer on their side. By securing the representation of a criminal defense attorney from our firm, you will be able to breathe easier knowing that you do not have to deal with the criminal process all on your own. You will have enough on your plate – contact our firm and let us help you to shoulder the burden.
If you are interested in scheduling an initial case consultation, contact Okabe & Haushalter today to discuss your situation.