CRIMINAL ATTORNEY IN SACRAMENTO
Drug & Narcotics Transportation
In California, it’s illegal to transport, sell, furnish, administer or import drugs like heroin, peyote, cocaine, opiates, some hallucinogens, GHB, hydrocodone and codeine. You can be convicted of drug transportation when you move it from one place to another regardless of the length or the mode of transportation. It doesn’t matter if you transported with the intent to sell or distribute them, you can still be convicted of moving them since drug laws are designed to punish drug dealers and suppliers. Usually, these charges are identified through “sting” operations but there are chances that you can get caught by witnesses.
If you are charged with transportation of drugs, make sure to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Sacramento who can assist you in your defense. California prosecutors have to prove that you offered to perform or engage in selling, administering, supplying, importing or transporting a controlled substance, were aware that it was a controlled substance and that the amount was enough to alter the mind.
An experienced attorney can help you defend your case in certain circumstances. For example, if an officer engaged in unlawful activity during the course of the defendant’s arrest, that evidence may be deemed inadmissible. Officers need to follow legal procedures during an arrest and if it’s ignored or forgotten, you may be able to avoid a conviction. Additionally, sometimes sting operations can end in multiple people being charged because police found a pile of drugs in one place.
With this type of arrest, there could be mistakes. Some of those could be falsely charged and are actually innocent. Often, officers will gather evidence against them and let defense attorneys and prosecutors figure out the logistics. Keep in mind that the violation is felony and is punishable by either a year in county jail as well as probation or up to five years in state prison with a maximum of $20,000 fine. If you are wrongly convicted of transporting drugs, make sure to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Sacramento.
Drug & Narcotics Possession for Sale
California divides Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) into six “schedules” varying from marijuana all the way to low doses of codeine. If you’ve been arrested for personal use of CDS, you could either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony depending on a few factors. It is considered a felony if you are possessing illegal drugs for the purpose of selling them.
In order to determine whether you were intending to sell these drugs, there are a couple things courts will look at such as the quantity of the drugs, packaging in numerous separate baggies, weapons and/or large sums of cash. Each individual’s case is different and no two cases are the same but it’s important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you.
There are a couple defenses you can use to fight your case because unfortunately, many innocent people get accused of HS 11351 when they only possessed drugs for personal use. Additionally, cops often use faulty information, unreliable police informants and illegally obtained search warrants.
Police officers will sometimes break laws during the course of a criminal investigation. If this happens, you are entitled to use this as a defense since the evidence obtained can be deemed inadmissible. If that evidence is the only thing that prosecutors have to incriminate you, you may be able to avoid charges.
Another defense you can use is if you didn’t know you were in possession of illegal drugs. Those found guilty of possession for sale can have a maximum penalty of four years in state prison and a $20,000 fine. If prosecutors have evidence to prove you were apart of several transactions, there can be penalties for each one of those. If you find yourself facing a drug crime, contact an experienced criminal attorney in Sacramento to help you fight your case and explain your best options.
There’s no substitute for a strong criminal attorney in Sacramento, call Wing & Parisi at (916) 441-4888.
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