California drug charges can easily lead to a conviction that will likely land you behind bars, in addition to other penalties that will surely have a paralyzing impact on your future. Attorney Lynn Gorelick has over 30 years of experience in drug defense, as well as an excellent record of helping her clients overcome misdemeanor and felony drug crimes charges.
California Drug Crimes Overview
A drug crime is defined as an unlawful act involving an illegal drug, narcotic, or controlled substance. In California, most drug crimes involve marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, crystal meth, crack cocaine, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and certain prescription drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax. Anyone who uses these illegal drugs to commit a crime will face criminal charges. Common drug crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Prescription drug crimes
- Medical marijuana violations
Penalties for Drug Crimes in the San Francisco Bay Area
The penalties for a drug crime conviction weigh heavily on the type of crime committed, the type of drugs involved, and the quantity of drugs involved. For example, crimes involving marijuana usually carry lesser penalties than crimes involving cocaine or heroin. Certain offenses, such as trafficking, distribution, and manufacturing/cultivation are much more serious crimes than simple possession. Also, getting caught in possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use is a lesser crime than possessing large quantities of drugs for sale or distribution.
That being said, if you are found guilty of a drug crime, regardless of how severe the charges may or may not be, you will sentenced to time in jail or prison, steep fines, probation, mandatory drug classes and treatment, community service, random drug testing, and a mark on your permanent record.
Get help with your Alameda or Contra Costa County Drug Case
If you've been charged with a drug crime in Contra Costa or Alameda County, you do have options. No matter what the charge, certain measures can be taken from the beginning of your case to help you avoid adverse legal consequences. Contra Costa and Alameda County drug crimes attorney Lynn Gorelick has been defending drug offenders in the Bay Area for more than two decades, and has a great a deal knowledge in California drug law and court process. Ms. Gorelick knows effective ways to defend her clients in court, and is not afraid to stand up to the prosecution's accusations. She will make sure that no search and seizure laws have been violated. If the cops and investigators violated search and seizure law, she will motion to have all evidence thrown out, which can lead to a dismissal of your case. There is nothing more important to Ms. Gorelick than using her extensive experience to help you achieve a successful outcome.