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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.

Call criminal lawyer in Sacramento at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi at (916) 441-4888.

Getting arrested arrested and charged with a crime can alter your life in many different ways. When you have been charged with a crime, choose a criminal defense attorney in Sacramento with the experience and dedication to make a difference.

Call (916) 441-4888 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. With our office conveniently located in Sacramento, California, the Law Office of Wing & Parisi stands ready to represent you in your criminal matter. We appear in state and federal courts in the Sacramento and Davis communities as well as throughout Placer and San Joaquin counties.


If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, contact criminal lawyer in Sacramento at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi for free consultation.