Drug charges, particularly those dealing with the sale or manufacture, are very serious and should always be handled with the help of a top San Diego criminal lawyer. If you have been charged with any kind of drug offense, please call Peter M. Liss immediately to schedule a free initial consultation. Mr. Liss offers affordable rates, accepts all major credit cards, and, most importantly, has experience defending hundreds of other individuals who have been accused of all variety of drug crimes.
There are many different types of drug crimes, but some of the most common include drug sales, drug possession, driving under the influence of drugs, possession with the intent to sell and cultivation or manufacturing. Depending on the specific charge, the substance involved and the quantity of the drug found by police, these crimes may be felonies or misdemeanors. While sentences will vary based on the crime and the severity of the charge, common penalties include jail or prison sentences, large fines and being forced to register as a narcotics offender. If you were caught with a large quantity of drugs, the prosecution will often try to charge you with possession with intent to sell, even if there is no real proof you intended to sell the narcotic. In these cases, a San Diego drug defense attorney can be critical in having the charges reduced to a simple possession charge by arguing that there is no evidence that you intended to do anything with the drugs other than consume them yourself.
The drugs in question need not even be illegal substances. If you were in possession of prescription drugs that were not issued to you, or if your prescriptions were obtained through fraud, you can still be charged with drug crimes.
In addition to incarceration and fines, if the police and prosecutors believe you made a financial gain from the sales, distribution, manufacture or cultivation of drugs, they may seize any money and assets they believe were gained through your role in the drug business. You could also lose your driver’s license if you were caught transporting drugs or driving under the influence of drugs. All of these types of charges can be very serious and complex, which is why anyone accused of any type of drug crime should always contact a skilled San Diego criminal attorney as soon as possible.
In many cases, San Diego criminal lawyers can negotiate plea bargains that will minimize the charges you face and the sentence you may serve. In some situations, your defense attorney in San Diego might be able to arrange for you to face an alternative sentence such as a drug treatment program or house arrest.
Remember, California’s drug laws are complex, but with the help of a top San Diego criminal defense lawyer, you can fight these charges successfully. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a free initial consultation, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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