Possession of a controlled substance is the most commonly prosecuted drug crime in America. According to California Health and Safety Codes 11377 and 11350, possession charges can be prosecuted as felony offenses, punishable by fines, probation, and possible terms of imprisonment, depending on the facts involved. Charges and potential penalties can also vary depending on a number of unique circumstances, including the amount and type of drug involved and a defendant's prior criminal record, among others.
Although drug crimes are a top priority for local and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, shifting social views about the effectiveness and costs associated with the American War on Drugs have led to significant trends and changes within the judicial system. When it comes to simple possession charges, meaning possession of small amounts of a controlled substance for personal use, courts, prosecutors, and judges have been leaning towards rehabilitative sentencing rather than enforcing strict and harsh criminal penalties.
These evolving views present the opportunity for certain eligible offenders to pursue alternative sentencing options that can allow them to preserve their freedom and a clear record. As possession charged are often symptomatic of larger and more significant substance abuse problems, alternative sentencing options such as drug treatment programs, classes, and others are excellent ways to allow defendants to stay out from behind bars and obtain the help they need. Our Temecula criminal defense lawyer thoroughly reviews all of your available options to obtain alternative or reduced sentences, if and when possible.
Personalized Representation from a Temecula Drug Crimes Attorney
As our legal team strives to provide personal attention to each client we serve, you can be confident that we develop the best defense strategies tailored to meet your unique needs and goals. Focused on dismissing charges when possible or obtaining alternative and reduced sentencing options, our firm is here to fight for the most favorable resolution possible.
If you are located in Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Menifee, Wildomar, Perris, Banning, Lake Elsinore, Corona, Riverside or any of the surrounding communities and would like to learn more about the ways in which we can fight on your behalf, contact the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis today.
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