Drug Possession Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga
San Bernardino Drug Crime Lawyer
Have you been arrested for the possession of a controlled substance? Drug crime charges are prosecuted harshly in the state of California. You may be wondering if you will be sentenced to serve jail time or if you will be forced pay a fine or undergo treatment and community service. Are you looking for a lawyer for a drug crime in Rancho Cucamonga? One thing is for certain, if you are facing a drug crime, then you need the hard-hitting defense of a Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyer. Our legal team will fight vigorously to maintain your freedom and safeguard your reputation. Here at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates, we are on a relentless pursuit for justice and we will stop at nothing to reach the best possible outcome in your case. That means that we will work tirelessly to obtain a full acquittal, dismissal or reduction of your charges.
If you are facing charges for drug possession, speak with our attorney today to start your defense.
California Penalties for Drug Possession
With drug possession charges in California, the court will look to see how much (the gram weight) of illegal drugs and the type of drug that was in your possession. If you have a large amount on your possession, then they may believe that you had the intent to sell or distribute the drugs- this would lead to harsher penalties. The possible punishment could also vary depending on your criminal history. If this is your first offense of possessing a controlled substance, then the consequences will not be as steep as they would be for a repeated offense. You could face a drug possession charge in California if you are found with any of the following illegal drugs:
- Cocaine (crack)
- PCP and other Hallucinogenic substances
As of right now, many drug possession crimes are considered to be wobblers, which means that the prosecution could charges them as a misdemeanor or felony crime, depending on the circumstances. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor drug possession crime, then you could face the following penalties:
- One year in a County Jail
- A fine up to $1,000
A felony crime for possession of a controlled substance could lead to:
- 2-3 Years in a California State Prison
It is also important to remember that if you are not currently a U.S. citizen, then a drug possession conviction could lead you to be deported or be denied naturalization.
Possible Defenses to Drug Possession Charges
In order for you to actually be convicted of a possession of a controlled substance, the prosecution must be able to prove that you were aware of the drug's presence and that you knew it was a controlled substance. Our criminal defense attorneys are familiar with all possible drug crime defenses and we can work to establish one of the following:
- That you had no knowledge of the drug in your possession
- That you were not aware that it was an illegal drug
- That you did not have enough of the drug for it to be considered a "controlled substance"
- That you have a valid prescription for that drug
- That the drugs were only in your possession temporarily
- That law enforcement conducted an illegal search and seizure for the drugs
Is Drug Possession a Felony in California?
In California, drug possession can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance found in possession. Depending on the circumstances a drug possession crime can be a misdemeanor, infraction, felony or what is known as a “wobbler.”
If charged with a misdemeanor you could face a year in jail, while if you were charged with a simple infraction you may not face any jail time at all. A felony drug possession offense will result in imprisonment of a year or more.
A wobbler offense is when the drug possession crime could either be considered a misdemeanor or a felony crime. Depending on the judge’s decision, as well as the circumstances surrounding the case, a wobbler offense will be decided as a felony or misdemeanor.
Defense Lawyer Serving San Bernardino & Rancho Cucamonga
Searching for a drug crime attorney in San Bernardino? Here at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates, we have been protecting the rights of those facing criminal charges for over 20 years. Our criminal defense lawyers have extensive trial litigation experience and we can fight vigorously to clear your name of the charges.
We are well-versed in defending against both felony and misdemeanor drug crimes. So let our experience work for you!
Facing drug possession charges? Contact our firm today to speak with a Rancho Cucamonga drug crime attorney.