Drug Crimes

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 out 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.

Cocaine
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.

Distribution
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."

Drug Diversion
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).

Heroin
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.

Marijuana
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."

Methamphetamine
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.

Prescription Drugs
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.

Possession
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.

Proposition 36
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 years 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 immediately.

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.

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