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DRUG POSSESSION CRIMES IN CA
If you have drugs under your direct control, it is seen as possession in the state of California. Drugs do not need to be on your person, but can be anywhere you have access to. If you are caught with drugs and charged with possession in the Bay Area, you should act right away to fight your charges—for this reason you need to retain the legal services of the Law Office of James Dunn.
Their firm has years of experience and knows how to fight tough drug crime charges. When you are looking for a San Jose criminal defense attorney you can count on, be sure to turn to their firm.
HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA?
Whether you are a first time offender or have a past record, it is important to understand the type of charges you are facing. In California, possession of a controlled substance is considered a felony offense.
The only exceptions include these misdemeanor offenses:
- Marijuana possession
- Drug paraphernalia possession
- Being under the influence of drugs
Possession of any other drug is a felony, including:
- Illegally obtained prescriptions drugs
A felony means you may face over a year in prison if convicted and other serious repercussions. California also enacts the three strike rule, so if you have previous felony convictions, it could result in a lifetime prison sentence.
ALTERNATIVE LEGAL STRATEGIES
Even if the evidence against you is steep, the firm may be able to get your charges reduced or negotiate a deal. Proposition 36 offers a possible alternative to jail time, which was designed to save California money by keeping minor nonviolent drug offenders out of prison. You may qualify for Proposition 36 if you have no prior violent convictions on your record. You would be ordered to participate in drug treatment rather than spend time in jail.
Similarly, a deferred entry of judgment may be possible where you plead guilty to drug possession and go through 6 months of drug treatment. If you remain free of arrests after 12 months, the charges against you are dropped.