Drug Crime Charges in Lake Elsinore
Possession, Intent to Sell and Paraphernalia
The state of California recognizes drugs crimes as a very serious charge
and the penalties that are carried with this accusation are tough. The
controlled substances do not even necessarily have to be on you, if they
are around you or directly inside a possession of yours (such as a car),
you could be arrested. If you have been charged with possession, even
a small amount of a controlled substance, you could be facing jail time,
fines and probation. If you were found with large amounts of any particular
illegal drug along with cash, scales or packaging material, you could
be charged with intent to sell. Even being caught with drug paraphernalia
or large amounts of prescription drugs can be enough for an investigating
officer to place you under arrest.
California classifies drugs in "schedules". Each schedule directly
correlates to the dangerousness or addictiveness of the drug. For example,
a Schedule I drug would be considered highly dangerous and addictive,
as a Schedule II drug would be slightly less dangerous, Schedule III even
more so. If you were found in possession of cocaine or the basis to make
cocaine, this Schedule I drug would land you with much harsher penalties
than a lower schedule drug...such as marijuana. However, marijuana is
still illegal in the state of California and being found in possession
of any amount could have you facing an infraction or a felony charge.
Lake Elsinore Drug Crimes Attorney
If you have been arrested and accused of a drug crime such as possession
or sale of illegal controlled substances, do not lose hope. With the help
of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you may still be able to
fight for your rights and freedoms. An attorney can help gather all necessary
evidence in your defense thoroughly investigate all angles of your arrest.
Sometimes, arresting officers did not have a valid reason to search or
even a legitimate search warrant on them. Most often, drug offenders are
first time offenders and a lawyer at our office can help reduce your charges
or offer to have you serve any jail time in a drug rehabilitation center.
Do not hesitate in contacting a
Lake Elsinore criminal defense lawyer.