Drug crimes are no laughing matter in California. The state takes charges for possession of controlled substances seriously, and it is one of the most common crimes to see the state prosecute. The penalties are severe, and you need to do everything you can to fight a charge proactively. That’s why you should hire a Riverside drug crime attorney and defense lawyer to advocate for you and fight for your rights in court.
At Brown& Stedman LLP, we aim to give you a comprehensive legal defense and do everything we can to get you a favorable outcome in court. While we can’t promise a not-guilty verdict, we’ll craft a strategy that will give you better odds of avoiding a harsh prison sentence and explore every avenue possible.
At Brown & Stedman LLP, we aim to approach every case from a position of empathy and understanding. We’ll examine the big picture and seek to assist you in any way we can and make sure the court hears your voice and side of the story. We’ll provide a personalized touch to your case and ensure we’re using the correct legal strategy based on the facts of the crime and how you want to proceed.
Drug crimes come in a variety of shapes and sizes in Riverside, CA. Some offenses carry longer sentences than others, but any drug crime in California is worth taking seriously. Any conviction for drugs can land you in jail and could impact your future ability to find housing and employment. This is why you need to hire a criminal defense attorney to provide you with a solid defense.
Some of the drug crimes we represent clients in include:
Drug charges can wind up as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the nature of the case. For instance, you’ll face lighter penalties for possession of marijuana than you would for trafficking crystal meth across state lines. Misdemeanors are less serious and typically require the offender to serve a maximum of a year in jail. Felonies can range from more than one year to life in prison and are for more serious crimes.
Judges have plenty of latitude in sentencing when it comes to drug crimes in California. A judge may choose to show some mercy in sentencing if you demonstrate contrition for the crime or if it is your first offense. On the other hand, a multiple-time offender or a case with aggravating circumstances may lead to a harsher sentence.
There are several alternatives to prison sentences for drug crimes. Some judges may try alternative punishments to help those struggling with drug addiction get the help they need. These alternatives may include counseling, courses, and drug abuse treatment. Your attorney can advocate for you to receive alternative sentencing.
Some people believe a drug charge is impossible to beat, but there are a few defenses attorneys can utilize to prove their client’s innocence. Some of the common defenses include:
When the police come to make a formal arrest for a drug charge, they will read your Miranda Rights to you during the process. There are two important rights you have during an arrest: to remain silent and to have an attorney. We recommend you invoke both of those rights as soon as possible.
While the police may act as your friends and want you to explain your side of the story, you should resist the urge and calmly tell them you won’t speak until your attorney is present. Law enforcement will have to acquiesce to your request, and you should quietly wait for your attorney.
Once your attorney is present, you can discuss the case with them. With attorney-client privilege, your lawyer won’t be able to use anything incriminating you say against you. It’s tempting to leave out details that imply guilt, but your attorney needs to know everything they can to craft a legal defense.
Hiring an attorney gives you a much better chance when dealing with a drug charge in California. While no attorney can promise you a not-guilty verdict, an attorney will be able to assist you with every step of the process, keep you informed, and help you make decisions based on logic and not emotion.
Many prosecutors will attempt to offer plea deals to defendants to speed up the process and avoid a trial. During a plea deal, you will admit your guilt to a lesser crime rather than the one the prosecutor charged you with. You may still have to face punishments for the crime, but they won’t be as harsh. Your attorney can help negotiate a plea deal and tell you if one is worth taking or if you stand a fair chance at trial.
If you take your case to trial, your attorney will represent you in court and handle the proceedings. It may be tempting to try and go it alone and represent yourself, but you put yourself at a major disadvantage. Judges expect those representing themselves to have the same level of knowledge as an attorney, and you likely won’t have time to study relevant case law and precedent.
An attorney will also be able to craft a legal defense strategy that puts you in a strong position. While a defense created by your attorney is not a sure thing, trying to create a legal strategy with no experience is incredibly difficult.
California has a reputation for being a state with little tolerance for drug crimes. Whether you are dealing with simple possession or drug trafficking charges, you will want to be proactive in fighting the accusations. Any drug charge can affect your life down the road, and you run the risk of jail time for any guilty verdict.
At Brown &Stedman LLP, we aim to provide experienced and comprehensive criminal defense for our clients. Contact us today for an initial consultation and to see how we can help you through your case.
We invite you to call us at 949-459-5900 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also reach our firm by contacting us online.
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