If you have been arrested for drug possession, the first thing you should do is contact a skilled Vista drug lawyer who can help you fight the charges you may be facing. It is important to realize that anything you say to police may be used against you and by speaking to investigators without an attorney present, you may accidentally make the charges against you more serious. For example, a wrong slip of the tongue could easily make drug possession charges turn into drug sale charges.
Consequences of Drug Crimes
While many people think that drug possession charges are no big deal, it’s important to recognize that any crime should be taken seriously as it can not only result in jail time but also leave you with a conviction on your criminal record which may hurt your chances of finding housing and gainful employment in the future. Minors are at particular risk when it comes to drug offenses because even a misdemeanor possession conviction can result in the loss of driving privileges for a full year.
Specific penalties for drug possession will vary based on the drug in question and the quantity you were arrested with. For example, while possession of cocaine for personal use is a misdemeanor, possession of the “date rape drug” Rohypnol can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor based on the prosecutor’s discretion. If charged as a felony carry up to three years in prison. On the other hand, since marijuana has become legal for recreational use in the state, a person over the age of 21 or over 18 with a valid prescription can possess up to one ounce of flower or eight ounces of concentrates without running afoul of the law. To understand the specific penalties you may face, you should discuss the case with your Vista drug crime defense lawyer.
Also, if you have been caught with a firearm while in possession of certain drugs such as cocaine, PCP. methamphetamine or heroin, you can be charged with a separate felony punishable by up to four years in prison just for having these two things in your possession at the same time. You will also lose your right to possess or own firearms if you are convicted of this charge.
Fighting Possession Charges
In some cases, your Vista drug attorney may help you fight the charges and avoid conviction. For example if you were only arrested after police illegally stopped and searched your vehicle. In other cases, your best course of action might not be to fight the charges but to participate in a drug diversion program that will help you keep the conviction off of your record.
Anyone facing possession charges should call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with top Vista drug crime attorney Peter M. Liss. This will give you a chance to discuss your case and any diversion programs you may qualify for.
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