Los Angeles Drug Distribution Lawyer
Were you arrested for distribution of narcotics in Los Angeles?
Have you been arrested for drug distribution or another
drug crime? Are you confused as to where to turn for help or unsure of what your
next move should be? If you are facing drug distribution charges, you
need to be aware of all the facts. Drug importation, transportation, and
distribution all fall under
drug trafficking. It is different from a
possession with intent to sell charge and the penalties are significantly higher. If you have been arrested
for a distribution violation, law enforcement has probably been investigating
your case for quite some time. To combat these charges and the evidence
surrounding your case, get in touch with a Los Angeles criminal defense
attorney from the firm today.
California Laws for Drug Distribution Charges & Penalties
In the state of California, the
criminal charge of distribution is an umbrella term that encompasses the illegally sale,
transport, transfer or even the import of any illegal or controlled substance.
This, however, is different from simple possession as it must be proved
beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecutor that the defendant did not
possess the drugs for personal use; it must be proven that they had intentions
to distribute. Should the prosecutor be able to prove that the distribution
harmed minors (for example, by occurring near a school or an area specifically
for children), the charge may be enhanced.
For example, under the California Health and Safety Code §11357.5,
it is considered a misdemeanor to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid;
this is punishable by up to six months of imprisonment in a county jail
and/or a maximum monetary fine of $1,000. This can be a frightening penalty
to come up against, but it is important to remember that you are not without
defense. There are several defenses that can be utilized on your behalf,
including arguing that the drugs were never intended for distribution
and were strictly for personal use; this can help to negotiate a smaller
charge and, therefore, smaller penalties.
Another defense that a
Los Angeles drug crime defense lawyer can utilize on your behalf is arguing that you were the victim of entrapment.
In legal terms, entrapment occurs should a law enforcement officer lead
you into committing a criminal act that you otherwise would not have committed.
This occurs should the officer be the source of the idea for the crime,
persuade the person into committing it and if the defendant had not been
prepared or willing to commit the crime before the interaction with the
law enforcement officer. Should this be proven, the penalties could be
dropped and the defendant could be acquitted.
You need a Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney!
The distribution, transportation, or selling of cocaine,
marijuana, or any other illegal substance will get you a
felony charge. You could face prison, harsh fines, drug counseling, and receive a permanent
mark on your record. If you are proven to have been distributing drugs
to a minor or anywhere near a school or park, you will be even more severely
punished. There are many cases where individuals unknowingly transport
drugs. Unknown to them, there could be drugs in their luggage or car and
it takes a skilled attorney to prove their innocence
Since drug distribution is always classified as a felony, it is imperative
that you have a Los Angeles drug crime attorney fighting for you. With
over fifteen years of experience,
Martinian & Associates is dedicated to providing our clients with aggressive legal representation.
We will do our utmost to fight for you in court. By choosing to hire a
member of our legal team, you could get your charged reduced or even dropped.