Charged With a Drug Offense?
Possession, Sale, Distribution, Trafficking, Manufacturing, Cultivation & Conspiracy
Drug possession, sale and trafficking are just some of the drug-related offenses with which a person may be charged. Under both State and Federal law, it is illegal to possess, cultivate, sell, manufacture or distribute narcotics such as marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), PCP and cocaine. It is also illegal to possess or distribute prescription drugs. As both State and Federal law enforcement agencies continue their "war on drugs," more and more arrests and lengthy prison sentences for drug offenses occur throughout California and the rest of the United States.
Contact attorney Robert M. Bernstein as soon as possible if you or someone you know has been arrested or is facing drug crime charges. By becoming involved early on, Attorney Bernstein and his staff may be able to help you avoid having charges filed in the first place. As your legal counsel, the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein will thoroughly evaluate your case in accordance with State and Federal law and will conduct an independent investigation. This independent investigation may uncover an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement, an important eye witness or physical evidence that provides a defense to the crime or crimes you have been accused of.
At our firm, defense attorney Robert Bernstein and his experienced staff handle all types of State and Federal drug crime cases throughout Los Angeles County and the state of California. Some of the cases we can handle include:
Penalties for Drug Crime Convictions in California
California, particularly Southern California, is a hot spot for drug importation and trafficking. International and interstate drug import and export leads to an increase in drug crime altogether, thus both State and Federal law enforcement agencies come down hard upon anyone suspected of drug offenses. Maximum penalties are often sought by the prosecuting attorney, and thus it is all the more important that your defense lawyer be skilled, experienced and aggressive in defending your case.
Penalties for any drug crime will vary depending upon the following factors:
- The type of drug involved
- The amount/weight of drug or drugs
- Any prior convictions, particularly for drug-related offenses
- Whether any minors were involved
- Whether weapons were involved
If any other crimes were committed (robbery,
assault, etc.) in conjunction with the drug crime
Some of the penalties an individual convicted of a drug crime may face include:
- County jail sentence
- State prison sentence
- Heavy fines
- Drug counseling
- Drug treatment
- Community service
Avoid the harsh penalties that come with a drug crime conviction. Contact Los Angeles criminal attorney Robert M. Bernstein today!