Drug Crimes

Los Angeles Drug Crime Attorney

Decades of Proven Legal Experience

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. 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 drug crime defense lawyer from our firm can advise you as to the process, consequences and your options. We may also be able to influence the severity of charges filed.

Factors that may be considered in such a decision:

  • The type of drug involved
  • The scale of the alleged operation.
  • Involvement of children in criminal undertakings
  • A prior record

Our team is skilled at presenting compelling arguments and competent negotiation. We will do all we can to defend your rights and improve your situation.

What Constitutes A Federal Drug Crime

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.

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-year-to-life imprisonment penalty.

Fight Back with a Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer!

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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