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Salinas Drug Crimes Lawyer

Handling Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Cases

Drug crimes are serious offenses and prosecutions are vigorously pursued in California. A criminal conviction can have a negative impact on your freedom, future employment and educational opportunities, and your private life. When you need a Salinas drug crimes attorney to fight for you, the Law Office of John Klopfenstein is here to help.

When you need legal advice, call (831) 265-5551 for immediate assistance from a Salinas drug crime defense attorney.

Drug Crimes in California

In California, drug crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the drug and alleged activity. For example, possession of a controlled substance is a misdemeanor, while possession of cocaine and heroin is a felony. In addition, there is a big difference between simple possession and possession with intent to sell.

Some common drug charges in California include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Possession of cocaine and heroin

  • Possession with intent to sell

  • Transportation for sale of a controlled substance

  • Manufacturing

The penalties for conviction of drug crime vary widely, depending on the alleged offense and if the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. Whenever possible, we seek to have charges reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Our Salinas drug crimes lawyer has 15 years of prior experience as a public defender and knows the DAs and judges that will be handling your case and is skilled at negotiating plea deals and defending clients in court.

Working to Avoid a Conviction

Having a drug conviction on your record can interfere with pursuing higher education and limit your career opportunities, so it is important to fight the charge when possible. In order to be convicted of possession, the law requires that you were unlawfully in possession of a controlled substance, the prosecutor must prove that you knew of its presence, the nature of the substance, and had a useable amount of the substance in your possession at the time of your arrest.

Experienced legal representation can make all the difference in drug cases. Our Salinas drug crimes attorney takes the time to investigate all aspects of your case, beginning with the situation that resulted in your arrest, the circumstance of your arrest, and the evidence against you to develop the best strategy for your defense.

Drug Diversion Programs

In California, first time offenders who are nonviolent and charged with simple possession may be eligible for drug diversion programs. In these cases, the defendant may be able to plead guilty and sentencing is delayed pending the completion of an 18-month drug treatment program. The charges can be dismissed upon successful completion of the program. This is an effective solution for avoiding a conviction and criminal penalties.

The options that may be available to you depend on the specific charges, circumstances of your arrest, and other factors. The best thing you can do for your case is to get in touch with our criminal defense attorney before speaking to police or answering any questions to avoid saying anything that may damage your defense.

If you have been accused of a drug crime, call (831) 265-5551 to get reliable legal advice for your case.

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