If you have been arrested for a drug crime the consequences of a conviction can be severe and life-changing. Depending on the type of drug that was in your possession, you could be facing serious penalties. Additionally, the type and quantity of drugs in your possession is a factor determining what offenses you are charged with as well as the potential penalties. Most drug offenses involve possession or sale of marijuana, methamphetamine (meth), cocaine and heroin. Possession for sale or sale of controlled substances could result in prison sentences and deportation of non-citizens.
In California, as a result of Proposition 47, many drug offenses have been reduced to misdemeanors, and, if eligible, there are drug rehabilitation programs that may be available to you as an alternative to jail or prison. Additionally, Penal Code Section 1000 allows first-time drug offenders to avoid a conviction and earn a dismissal by enrolling in court-approved drug programs.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you may have certain defenses that should be explored, such as to investigate whether the arrest and search was legal and whether the drug was for your personal use or for sale. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime, do not delay in contacting the criminal lawyers at Avazian & Avazian to protect your constitutional rights and potential defenses to these crimes. If you want attorneys who will fight to keep you out of jail and protect your rights, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Avazian & Avazian.
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