Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in Fresno, CA
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If you have been charged with a drug crime, you have no time to waste and must act quickly to retain our aggressive defense. Our drug crime defense attorneys in Fresno obtain a combined 65+ years of experience helping normal people avoid unimaginable consequences.
One of our lawyers at Wapner Jones, PC has served as a former prosecutor, meaning we have valuable insight into how the other side of the courtroom plans and operates drug crime cases. As such, we know how the prosecution works against you and can prepare defense strategies in anticipation of their attacks.
Types of Drug Crimes
Our drug crime defense lawyers are well-versed in defending the following charges:
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent to distribute
- Drug manufacturing/delivery
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Prescription drug fraud
What are Some of the Consequences if Convicted of a Drug Crime?
Drug crimes are among the most serious offenses you can be accused of and are penalized as such. Society stereotypes drug offenders harshly, making a conviction for these types of crimes humiliating. For example, an employer may not hire you because of your criminal record, you may get kicked out of school and/or lose scholarships, and your reputation could suffer irreversible damage. These are some of the various punishments you are up against when accused of any drug crime.
What are California’s Drug Schedules?
Drug crimes come in various forms and can involve a range of controlled substances that are classified in drug schedules according to their accepted medical use and abuse or dependency potential. The US Drug Enforcement Administration classifies drugs, substances and chemicals into five different schedules:
- Schedule I: Drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Examples include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone and peyote.
- Schedule II: Drugs that are considered dangerous and have a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. Examples include Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall and Ritalin.
- Schedule III: Drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Examples include Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
- Schedule IV: Drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Examples include Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien and Tramadol.
- Schedule V: Drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of limited quantities of certain narcotics. They are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Examples include Robitussin AC, Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica and Parepectolin.
What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in California?
Drug possession is among the most common drug crimes in the US. According to the FBI, an estimated 1,429,3000 people were arrested in 2018 for drug possession, which exceeds the number of arrests made for other drug offenses.
However, Proposition 47 made all drug possession offenses misdemeanors in California when it passed in 2014.
- These penalties include up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 fines.
- If convicted of drug trafficking, you may be punished with 3 to 9 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 fines.
- Drug manufacturing penalties are also harsh, consisting of up to 7 years in prison and/or $50,000 fines.
Possible Defenses for Drug Crimes Charges
Our drug crimes defense attorneys take the time to listen carefully to your story, examine the details of your case beginning from the investigation and use our legal insight and resources to devise an effective defense strategy on your behalf. Your defense may consist of the following elements:
- The police conducted an unlawful search and seizure
- The drugs don’t belong to you
- Miranda Rights violation
- Lack of knowledge or intent
- Diversion programs in lieu of sentencing
The defenses above serve as a foundation that we can build and expand upon. When you retain our drug crimes lawyers to defend you, we can guide you through your case from start to finish to keep you up to date on the actions we’re taking to champion your best interests.