Drug Charges in California
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.
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
- 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 John Pozza can handle all of them to your potential benefit. Don't delay calling or emailing us to set up your initial consultation.
He was extremely knowledgeable, very understanding and he and his team were always available to answer any questions we had.- Michell
The most helpful and hard-working attorney I know!- Jess
His efforts and strategic, ethical defense provided us with the outcome we wanted.- Teddi