Drug-related crimes are some of the most frequently charged offenses in the state of California. Understanding drug offenses can be quite difficult. The basic types of drug offenses, in increasing levels of punishment, are:
- Single possession
- Possession with intent to deliver
- Manufacturing, selling, or delivering
- Conspiracy to manufacture or sell
- Continuing criminal enterprise
The Orange County drug crime attorneys at Kundani & Chang LLP, defend many kinds of drug cases including charges of:
- Interstate and international trafficking
- Maintaining a house where drugs are sold or kept
- Cultivation and manufacturing
- Illegal internet narcotics sales
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs
- Money laundering
Depending upon the circumstances of your situation, you could end up spending a great deal of time in prison if you are convicted. Even if you have no prior criminal record, you cannot expect the California legal system to be lenient. It is important to defend yourself and your rights.
If you have been charged with possession or delivery of a controlled substance in Orange County or the state of California, you want to take action and protect your rights as soon as possible. An experienced and aggressive defense lawyer can work diligently to determine whether there was an unlawful search or seizure and challenge the government’s case against you. The drug crime attorneys at Kundani & Chang LLP handle drug offense charges in California State and federal courts. From simple possession of controlled substances charges to trafficking and manufacturing, we can fight to protect you.
If you have been convicted or charged with a drug crime you can be suffer the following penalties:
- Jail or prison time
- Loss or suspension of your driver’s license
- Community service
- Required drug treatment program attendance
- Extensive fines
Regardless of the drug crime that you might be accused of, both the police and prosecutors are required to respect and adhere to the constitutional rights that you are entitled to under the law. The attorneys at Kundani & Chang LLP know how to explore legal weaknesses in the case against you, and we analyze every aspect surrounding your arrest for any possible legal flaws surrounding your arrest or detention. Often, various legal issues will arise as to the legality of the drug’s search and seizure, such as whether evidence was illegally obtained or whether probable cause existed for a search at all. We know how to utilize such information to aggressively defend your constitutional rights.
Classifications of Controlled Substances in California
California divides its Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) into five schedules:
- Schedule I drugs (such as opiates or marijuana).
- Schedule II drugs (such as raw opium and morphine).
- Schedule III drugs (such as pentobarbital and anabolic steroids).
- Schedule IV drugs (such as diazepam and zolpidem).
- Schedule V drugs (such as low doses of codeine).
If a person is found to be in possession of any of these controlled substances severe criminal penalties can apply. Any criminal charges for prescription drug violations presume that the defendant did not possess a valid prescription for the drug from a licensed physician.
If you have been arrested for possession for personal use of CDS, consult the statute specifying your offense, then look at the California Code that list precisely which drugs, and in what amounts, fit into each group.
If you have been charged with any drug crime, it is critical that you consult with the Orange County drug crime attorneys at Kundani & Chang LLP who will aggressively protect and defend your legal rights and freedom. Our attorneys are highly educated in drug offenses and know when charges can be dismissed because of an unlawful search or seizure, when they can be reduced because of mitigating factors, when they can be diverted because of eligible drug programs that will keep such charges off your record, and when they need to be tried and litigated. Our combined years of experience ensure that our attorneys are the folks you call when you are serious about defending yourself. Call us today for a free initial consultation.