Riverside Drug Crime Lawyer
Being involved with illegal drugs can involve severe consequences in the
criminal courts. Whether you are simply in possession of the drug, are
making or selling drugs, or are involved in drug trafficking, these types
of charges are typically heavily prosecuted.
Having a Riverside drug crime attorney defending your future and freedom
is imperative. The sooner legal representation is brought onto your case,
the more opportunity there is to improve its outcome.
Cultivation, Distribution, & More
Drug crimes penalties are different depending on the nature of the offense.
For example, possession charges are not penalized as heavily as drug trafficking
charges. Below are the different types of drug cases we at Hanson, Gorian,
Bradford & Hanich are able to take on.
Cultivation – The cultivation of marijuana is illegal under § 11358 of
the California Code. Although Proposition 215 (The Compassionate Use Act)
made it legal for certain qualifying individuals to cultivate their own
cannabis for medical use, other types of cultivation are felony offenses.
Distribution – These charges are different depending on what drug is being distributed
as well as how much of the said drug was distributed. For example, distribution
of marijuana is usually a misdemeanor while cocaine distribution is a felony.
Manufacturing – According to § 11379.6 of the Health and Safety Code, manufacturing
any drugs, narcotics or controlled substances without a license to do
so is against the law. Drug manufacturing is a felony punishable by time
in state prison and heavy fines.
Possession – Possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription
is illegal per § 11350 of the California Health & Safety Code.
Possession charges can be as small as an infraction (ex. small amounts
of marijuana) or they can be charged as felonies.
Possession for Sale – Law enforcement may be able to find drugs on your person or property,
but how can they determine if you meant to sell them? Possession for sale
charges usually stem from evidence such as packaging material and large
quantities of the drug.
Trafficking – Drug trafficking is a federal drug offense because it involves
transporting illegal narcotics over state lines and sometimes even over
the Mexican border. These are serious felony offenses.
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich has helped many people who were facing
drug charges. Read about our success with these types of cases by viewing
some of our drug crime case results!
The Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 strictly regulates drug
crimes by means of a uniform system, dividing the severity of drug crime
levels into five different "Schedules":
Schedule I: A high potential for abuse with no medicinal benefits, such as
ecstasy, peyote, LSD and
Schedule II: Although currently accepted for medical use, drugs with a high potential
for abuse and severe psychological or physical dependency, such as
cocaine, opium, amphetamines, methadone, and
Schedule III: Moderate potential lower than that of Schedule II substances, such as naline.
Schedule IV: Limited potential for dependency and accepted for medicinal use, such
as meprobamate, chloral hydrate, tranquilizers, sedatives, and sleeping aids.
Schedule V: Low potential for abuse, accepted for medicinal use and low risk for dependency,
such as limited use of codeine and other narcotics.
Potential sentences for drug offenses may include any of the following:
- Court-ordered rehabilitation
- Community service
- Forfeiture of your personal assets and property such as homes, cars or
other assets (in some larger cases)
Drug Crime Lawyer in Riverside
At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we fight aggressively to protect
you from the potential consequences attached to your charge. We will thoroughly
investigate your case and pursue any factors which may lead to a dismissal
or reduction of your charges. If your case does proceed, our strategic
preparation and impressive courtroom skills will be used to execute a
strategic defense on your behalf.