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In 2007 the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) estimated that there were about 1,841,200 state and local arrests for drug abuse violations in the United States. According to the UCR, drug abuse violations are defined as state and/or local offenses relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs including opium or cocaine and their derivatives, marijuana, synthetic narcotics, and dangerous nonnarcotic drugs such as barbiturates.
If you have been charged with possession it is important to contact a criminal lawyer in Sacramento, CA at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi today.
Drug possession laws vary according to drug type, amount, and geographic area of the offense. Possession of small quantities may result in a simple possession or possession for personal use charge. In general, the defendant is charged with an infraction or misdemeanor offense. However, possession of large amounts may be presumed as possession with intent to distribute. In this case, the defendant may be charged with a felony. The latter charge results in stiffer penalties upon conviction than the former.
The prosecutor uses the following criteria as evidence to reach a possession with intent to sell conviction:
- Large quantities of the drug
- Large amounts of cash in small bills
- Digital scales
- Small baggies or packaging of the drug in separate baggies
- Lots of people coming to your place, and staying only a few minutes
Penalties for drug possession range from a fine of less than $100 and/or a few days in jail to thousands of dollars and several years in state prison for the same offense. The penalties vary state by state and even jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The main tenant governing a lesser charge hinges on whether the defendant had the intent to distribute drugs.
Unfortunately, many innocent people are arrested and charged with intent to distribute even though the substance was for personal use. We recommend that you do not speak with anyone regarding your case until you speak to an experienced attorney. Discussing the case with anyone else, may lead you to divulge information that may be taken out of context resulting in a stronger case against you.
Charged With Drug Possession in Sacramento?
Whether you was charged with simple possession or possession with intent to distribute, the skilled criminal lawyer in Sacramento at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi can can make the difference between your freedom or jail. We possess the skill and knowledge to prepare a thorough defense against your specific charge. Call our office today for a free consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer in Sacramento. We will help you clearly understand your options, and answers any question you have regarding your case.
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