Illegal and controlled drugs include a wide variety of substances, and it is crucial that you understand the ramifications for abuse of any of these products. Not all drug crimes involve substances commonly known to be dangerous, such as heroin, meth or cocaine; even prescription medications can be the basis for drug crime charges if you do not have a valid permit or prescription to be in possession of the substances. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, it is crucial that you have skillful representation on your side when facing drug crime charges of any kind.
According to California Health & Safety Code §11352, it is illegal to sell, trade, or otherwise distribute controlled substances. If you are convicted of this crime, then you will face felony penalties of up to 5 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. It is important to know that there are also various aggravating circumstances that can result in increased penalties.
For example, if you are charged with drug trafficking near a school or if you are charged with mass sales involving specific dangerous drugs, then you will face aggravated penalties. If you have been convicted of a felony drug crime in the past that does not involve the personal use of drugs, then you could face an additional consecutive three-year prison sentence for each prior felony.
Facing drug crime charges?
If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, then you need the assistance of a Temecula criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis. Since 1999, our firm has been dedicated to serving the residents of Temecula, California who have been charged with criminal offenses. Your situation is of the utmost importance to us, and you can be sure that we will stand by you and fight for your rights throughout the duration of your case.
Contact us today to discuss your charges and to begin pursuing the defense that you need for your future.
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