The transportation of illegal drugs is a crime in California and will be charged as trafficking if prosecutors believe you intended to sell or distribute the substance. If you are arrested for any type of drug charge, what you say to the police could drastically affect your case. That is why it is critical you speak with a top Vista criminal lawyer as soon as you are arrested.
If you are caught transporting drugs, the most important factor in your case will be your intention for the substance. If you were merely moving your personal supply from one place to another, you were not trafficking narcotics. While you could still be charged with drug possession, you will not be facing the more serious, felony charge of trafficking.
The quantity of drugs found, and whether or not you possessed packaging materials and scales would all be evidence used in determining your intent to sell. A skilled Vista drug lawyer would also carefully analyze the police search in which the drugs were found and if it was performed illegally, he would file motions to dismiss the case due to the search being performed improperly.
When there is evidence to show you intended to sell or distribute the drugs, your potential sentencing will vary based on the substance, quantity and your criminal record, but the crime will always be a felony and cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor. Since these charges could have life-changing consequences, it is critical anyone accused of trafficking speak with a top Vista drug defense lawyer as soon as possible.
In some cases, these charges will even be handled at the federal level because they involved the DEA or took place while crossing the international border. When this happens, you need to be sure your Vista criminal attorney also can handle cases at the federal level as the two courts do not operate exactly the same.
There are a number of defenses for this crime ranging from transporting a personal supply to police entrapment. Every case is different, so if you have been arrested for drug transportation, please call Vista drug attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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