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Drug Lawyer Serving San Diego & Temecula Areas

25 Years of Experience Protecting Client Rights in Riverside County & throughout Southern California

The state of California has some of the harshest drug laws and penalties in the United States. Depending on the details of your drug crime arrest, you could be facing either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Types of drug charges in California include drug possession, drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, or possession with intent to sell.

Criminal convictions in California can result in a loss of reputation that can follow you for the rest of your life. If your drug arrest occurred in Murrieta, Temecula, or anywhere in Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, or Orange counties, call skilled criminal defense attorney John Pozza. He understands the severity of the situation and will work closely with you to protect your future and reputation.

If you are facing drug-related charges, schedule a consultation with a trusted Murrieta drug crime attorney to see what your best legal options are.

California Drug Crimes we Handle:

  • Drug Possession

  • Drug Trafficking

  • Intent to Sell

  • Drug Manufacturing

Common Illegal Drugs:

  • Crack/Cocaine

  • Heroin and other opiates

  • Ketamine

Penalties for Drug Charges in California

Under California state law, there are two types of drug charges for possession crimes: possession with the intent to sell and simple possession. If you are convicted of possessing controlled substances under either category you will be found in violation of The California Health and Safety Code.

In Murrieta the severity of your penalties will be based on a few circumstance of your arrest. Some of determining factors include what type of drug is found in possession, how much of the drug, and what the purpose was for possessing the drug. Under Proposition 47 many drug possession charges are only punishable as misdemeanors.

California drug-related misdemeanors are punishable by:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Mandatory completion of drug education course
  • Community Service

If you are convicted of felony drug possession the penalties are much harsher and the long term consequences are more devastating than misdemeanors

Finding Better Options than a Criminal Record

John Pozza has successfully protected the rights of thousands of adults and juveniles who faced serious drug charges in California. He carefully inspects every aspect of your case in the event that your Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

If a criminal conviction occurs, he pushes for a number of forms of alternative sentencing, such as:

  • Community service
  • House arrest
  • Rehabilitation
  • Diversionary programs

Through his many court appearances, John Pozza has developed advantages in relationships with judges, commissioners, and district attorneys throughout Southern California. His talents at negotiations with prosecutors and arguments before juries are well known. Every legal service he delivers is designed to restore your freedoms.

The Drug Crime Defense in California You Want on Your Side

Were your activities connected to controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, illegally obtained prescription drugs, or "party drugs?” Are you the parent of a minor child who has been arrested for a drug offense? Do you suspect that law enforcement planted drugs in your home or motor vehicle, coerced your confession, and/or entered your residence without a warrant?

The dimensions of even the simplest drug case can be many — and drug crime attorney, John Pozza, can handle all of them to your potential benefit. Don't delay calling or emailing us to set up your initial consultation.

Reach us by phone right now at (951) 749-5598.

Meet Attorney John Pozza

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    John Pozza


    Dedicated to Defense of Your Rights since 1994 The law firm of John Pozza Attorney at Law, PLC was established to address the issues of anyone who faces trial and harsh punishments after a criminal arrest. John's strengths cover the gamut of criminal concerns, including pre-file investigation, arrests, verdicts and plea withdrawals, and school expulsions. He handles charges such as: DUI defense , including DMV hearings White collar, financial, and computer crimes "Three strikes" crimes ...

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