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Los Angeles Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

Drugs and other substances with high rates of abuse and dependency are considered more dangerous than those with low rates, so they are punished more harshly. Los Angeles drug crimes penalties are determined by several factors, including which drug you were arrested for possessing, the amount of that substance found on your person or in your vehicle during a traffic stop; whether you intended to sell the illegal substance (and if so how much); and any prior criminal history. In November 2014, Prop. 47 passed in California and changed the way drug offenses were treated by state law enforcement agencies: controlled substances like Meth, Cocaine and Heroin became misdemeanors instead of felonies. Los Angeles drug crime attorney Cyrus Tabibnia who has the knowledge and experience to fight drug crime cases. Once he closely examine all the facts surrounding your case, he will prepare an aggressive defense strategy and help you get charges dismissed.

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    In Los Angeles, possession charges for personal use are typically prosecuted as misdemeanor drug crimes. These “lesser” drug crimes can still result in criminal records and punishments such as jail time, fines—even probation or other administrative sanctions that impact your future chances of getting jobs or loans. If you have been arrested or charged with drug possession in Los Angeles, contact experienced criminal defense attorneys at our firm today.

    In many states, you can earn the dismissal of your drug or narcotics crime by successfully completing a drug diversion program.

    However, not all drug crimes are eligible for drug diversion in Los Angeles. Drug crimes involving allegations of possession with intent to sell and sales—as well as transportation with the intent to sell—are ineligible for these programs because they fall under “straight” felonies category.

    Los Angeles and Southern California drug crimes includes:

    • Possession of drug paraphernalia
    • Possession Of Marijuana
    • Possession of a narcotic
    • Possession Of Cocaine
    • Possession Of Heroin
    • Possession Of “Meth”
    • Possession Of Prescription Drugs Without Prescription
    • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis (Misdemeanor or Felony)
    • Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance
    • Transportation of a Controlled Substance
    • Transportation for Sale of a Controlled Substance
    • Sale or Furnish a Controlled Substance to a Minor
    • Selling a Substance in Lieu of a Controlled Substance

    Possession Of Marijuana | HS 11357

    Drug crimes involving marijuana are unique in Los Angeles County because it is possible to be charged with either an infraction or a misdemeanor drug crime. It is classified as a “wobblet,” meaning possession of Marijuana Unless you have your valid medical marijuana prescription or card with you, possession of marijuana is illegal.

    If you are arrested or cited for marijuana possession, the penalties will depend on your prior criminal record, how much marijuana you had in your possession at the time of arrest and whether it was on a school campus.

    Possession of Under 28.5 oz of Marijuana (Infraction) – HS 11357(b)

    • Up to $100 fine
    • Court ordered drug education class or program
    • No criminal record

    Possession of Over 28.5 oz of Marijuana (Misdemeanor) – HS 11357(c)

    • Up to 6 months in LA County Jail
    • Up to $500 fine
    • Summary probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Court ordered drug education program
    • Criminal record

    Possession of Concentrated Cannabis (Misdemeanor or Felony) – HS 11357(a)

    • Up to 1 year in LA County Jail (Misdemeanor) or up to 3 years in California State Prison (Felony)
    • Up to $500 fine
    • Summary or formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Court ordered drug education program
    • Criminal record

    Possession Of Cocaine | HS 11350

    Prior to Prop. 47, even possessing a small amount of cocaine could have resulted in felony drug charges for anyone who was caught by police. Today, possession of cocaine for personal use is generally a misdemeanor crime, but you still can be charged with felony possession if certain aggravating circumstances exist— such as your prior serious felony record or your status as a registered sex offender.

    Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive controlled substances—and it’s prosecuted aggressively in Los Angeles. If you’re charged with possession of cocaine and a loaded firearm, your punishment could be enhanced.

    A good Los Angeles drug crimes lawyer can help you get a favorable outcome for your case by negotiating a diversion agreement. If you are convicted of simple possession of cocaine, here is a list of consequences:

    • You can receive up to one year in the Los Angeles County Jail (misdemeanor) or three years in California State Prison (felony).
    • First offense: Up to $1,000 fine. Second offense: Up to $2,000 fine.
    • Summary or formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Drug education program imparted by the court

    Criminal record

    Felony Possession of Cocaine with a Loaded Firearm – HS 11370.1

    • 4-year sentence in California State Prison.
    • Formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Drug rehabilitation program mandated by the court
    • Losing the right to own firearms

    Criminal record

    Possession Of Heroin | HS 11350

    The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act lists heroin as a schedule 1 controlled substance because it is highly addictive and poses significant risks to users.

    As a result, drug charges involving Heroin—particularly those related to possession for sale under the California Health and Safety Code 11351—are prosecuted aggressively by prosecutors.

    Although Prop 47, decriminalized simple possession of heroin as a misdemeanor offense for most people with no prior serious felonies or sex offenses on their records. However if you have a prior aggravated felony and/or are registered as a sex offender then prosecutors may re-open your case to pursue felony drug charges against you.

    In many cases involving heroin possession, an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia under HS 11364(a) is brought against the defendant. Smoking devices or hypodermic needles are often seized along with controlled substances during arrests—so these items may be used as evidence in court.

    If you qualify, your criminal defense lawyer can ask the court to negotiate drug diversion for you. This would allow you to avoid prison time and keep a clean record.

    Possession of heroin and paraphernalia are both drug offenses that may be eligible for diversion in Los Angeles and California, whereas possession of heroin with intent to sell or distribute is not. If you are charged with simple possession of Heroin, you may face the following penalties:

    • The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is one year in county jail, whereas the maximum sentence for a felony is three years in state prison.
    • First offense, a fine up to $1,000; second offense—a fine up to $2,000.
    • Summary or formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Drug education program ordered by the court.
    • Criminal record
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    Possession Of “Meth” | HS 11377

    Methamphetamine, or “Meth” is a dangerous Schedule 2 drug because it has high potential for abuse and psychological addiction. Drug charges involving Meth represent a significant portion of the drug crimes in Los Angeles County.

    Because methamphetamine is a “wobbler,” or can be prosecuted as either a felony or misdemeanor offense, possession of it can result in harsh repercussions if convicted. However, Prop. 47 has reduced most Meth possession charges to misdemeanor drug crimes; only those with criminal records of serious prior felonies or who must register as sex offenders face felony charges for this offense.

    If you have been arrested and charged with possession of meth for the first time, it may be possible to avoid jail time by completing a drug diversion program. These are the potential penalties that you could face if caught in possession of Meth:

    • Up to 1 year in LA County Jail (Misdemeanor) or up to 3 years in California State Prison (Felony)
    • Up to $1,000 fine
    • Summary or formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Court ordered drug education program
    • Criminal record

    Possession Of Prescription Drugs Without Prescription | BP 4060

    The abuse of prescription medications has increased dramatically in recent years. As a result, many people have been charged with possession of drugs without a valid prescription. Possession of drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other opium-derived pain relievers, and many anti-anxiety meds such as Xanax and Adderall. Under California Business and Professions Code 4060, it is illegal to possess a prescription drug without having the valid prescription for that drug issued directly by a physician, physician assistant, dentist, nurse practitioner, or veterinarian.

    Los Angeles treats possession of prescription drugs without a prescription as a misdemeanor offense—just like the possession of Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth. If you are a registered sex offender or have prior serious felony convictions, however, it is possible that your charges could be escalated to felonies. If charged with BP 4060, Punishments for violating this rule include:

    • Up to 1 year in LA County Jail (Misdemeanor) or up to 3 years in California State Prison (Felony)
    • Up to $1,000 fine
    • Summary or formal probation
    • Community service/labor
    • Court ordered drug education program
    • Criminal record

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