Los Angeles Drug Crime Attorney
Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles for Your Drug Crime Charges?
Drug crimes occur in many different forms and many different magnitudes.
Certain drug crimes are misdemeanors, while others are felonies. Certain
drug crimes are "wobblers," meaning they can be charged as either
a misdemeanor or
felony, depending on certain details. If you are facing charges for any drug crime, a
Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our firm can advise you as to the process, consequences and your options.
Types of Drug Cases We Handle
While not an exhaustive list, the Los Angeles drug crime defense attorneys
at Martinian & Associates are able to handle the following types of
cases for clients. If you do not see your particular case listed below,
please contact our firm for more information.
This is a Schedule II drug according to the U.S. Controlled Substances
Act. This means they are deemed to have a high level of abuse that is
not quite as high as a Schedule I drug such as heroin.
Drug distribution can be part of the drug trafficking (black market) industry.
It involves transporting drugs from one location to another, typically
from one state to another or to and from the United States. People who
are arrested for transporting drugs might be deemed "drug mules."
According to the California Penal Code § 1000, there is a drug diversion
program that acts as an alternative form of sentencing for some who have
committed drug crimes. Only certain individuals will qualify (typically
first-time non-violent offenders).
According to the Controlled Substances Act, heroin is a Schedule I drug,
which means it is among the most serious types of drug to commit a crime
with, such as possession, sale, etc.
According to recent legislation, it is now only an infraction to be found
in possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Controlled Substances
Act still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug as well as marijuana's
synthetic counterparts such as "Spice" and "K2."
Also referred to ask "crystal meth" and "glass," methamphetamine
is a Schedule II drug as well as all derivatives of methamphetamine such
as salts and isomers. According to the law, "immediate precursors"
to meth are also prohibited such as phenylacetone.
It is illegal to be in possession of a prescription drug without a valid
prescription. Even those who have a valid prescription might face potential
drug charges for driving with the prescription drug in their system or
taking more than the prescribed amount of the drug.
This is the least-severe type of drug crime, although it is often accompanied
by other criminal charges. For example, possession of a large amount of
a controlled substance might warrant a "possession for sale" charge.
Also known as the amendment to the California Three Strikes Law, Prop
36 recently passed guaranteeing that only a third felony offense that
was violent would constitute a third strike. Previously, even non-violent
felony offenses would warrant a 25-year-to-life imprisonment penalty.
Federal Drug Crimes
As not all drug crimes are charged as misdemeanors, it is important that
you are aware of the differences regarding federal drug crimes. A drug
charge may be classified as a federal crime if your case involves a larger
amount of illegal substances. For example, if you were charged with trafficking
or distribution that involved crossing state or national borders, it could
also make it a federal issue. If you have been accused of importing or
distributing drugs, your situation could not be more serious.
Federal drug crimes bring about harsher penalties than those listed above.
You will be up against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) instead of local or state police. They have
a considerably larger amount of manpower and resources, making your defense
that much harder to strategize and successfully resolve. If you are facing
federal drug crimes, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal representation
Fight Back with a Los Angeles Drug Defense Lawyer!
Do you need a skilled drug crime defense attorney in Los Angeles? At Martinian
& Associates, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and attempt
to identify points which may lead to the charges against you being dropped.
We may also be able to influence the severity of charges filed. Factors
that may be considered in such a decision are the type of drug involved
and the scale of the alleged operation. The involvement of children in
criminal undertakings or a prior record can also have an effect. However,
we are skilled at presenting compelling arguments and competent negotiation.
We will do all we can to defend your rights and improve your situation.
If you are arrested for any type of drug crime, it is important you exercise
your right to remain silent. Any statements made may be used against you,
so contact our firm immediately in order to arrange the presence of an
attorney and for legal counsel. We will demand to see the evidence the
prosecution intends to use against you and conduct our own investigation
into all facets of your case, including
illegal search and seizure. Our skill in building a compelling defense will be used to pursue the
best outcome possible.