Drug Charges in California
25 Years of Experience Protecting Client Rights in Riverside County & throughout Southern California
Nothing good can come of a drug charge in California, whether it's your first or your fifth. A felony or misdemeanor drug offense arrest for possession, trafficking, or drug paraphernalia can lead to a number of severe punishments. Afterward, strict probation conditions and loss of reputation 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.
Penalties for Drug Charges in California
Under California state law, you can be charged for two types of drug 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.
The possible penalties you could face for either charge depends on 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.
Possible Penalties for Drug Possession:
- Monetary fines
- Mandatory drug education
- Community Service
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