Los Angeles Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A DRUG POSSESSION CASE IN LOS ANGELES?
This area of law has rapidly changed in recent times. Today, there are a number of programs that a person can avail themselves of in Los Angeles in order to avoid having a conviction on their record related to possession of drugs. Diversion is a term that is used for most first time offenders when contemplating resolving a drug possession case. This program gives the person the option of avoiding a conviction in the end and protecting their criminal record. It usually entails them doing a program and staying out of trouble for a period of time in order to earn the dismissal.
If the offender has a history of drug related activity and requires more in depth treatment then a proposition 36 in or out patient program may be the solution. In this scenario the result is not as good as diversion, however it is better than just taking a straight conviction. In this option the offender does a more intensive program depending on their level of addiction to drugs. There is drug testing and the person is closely monitored and given the necessary care to move past their drug addiction. As always, in my experience, the person actually must want to change there behavior in order to be successful.
Many prosecutors and judges do not like the fact that drug crimes are now viewed as less serious than they once were. Therefore, in my opinion, having an attorney by your side that is schooled in how the system works is imperative. A seasoned criminal defense attorney will make sure that you are able to take advantage of all of your rights and end up with the best possible result for your case. Unfortunately the court system is not your friend and if you want to get out of it as soon as possible and protect your record, you need an advocate by your side who is looking out for your best interests at all times.
POSSESSION VERSUS SALES OF DRUGS – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
If a person is actually selling drugs, then they will be treated much more harshly than a person simply in possession of them. Someone making money off the suffering of others is a receipt for disaster in the criminal defense arena. Many times the argument in a drug case revolves around whether a person has drugs for their own personal use or is making a profit in selling. It is my experience that a large portion of people are both using and selling drugs at the same time. This fact makes it difficult for the police and prosecutors to tell the difference between a user and seller when they get their hands on someone with drugs. And, they therefore will typically assume the worse and charge the person with possession for sales.
There are many different issues surrounding the possession and sale of drugs in Los Angeles County. If you find yourself in the predicament of dealing with a drug case, come and sit down with me and we will map out how to get you out of the system and back with your family and life.
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO DISMISS A DRUG CHARGE IN LOS ANGELES
Recently I was able to obtain an unbelievable resolution in a drug case for one of my clients in the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse related to a drug charge. They have a new pilot program called “Navigator” that will ultimately permit my client to get his drug case dismissed in three months. This is just one example of some of the incredible results I have been able to obtain for those clients who are facing drug charges. I have been battling these drug cases in Los Angeles and all over California for many years and am proud of the results I have achieve that have literally changed my client’s lives.
The political landscape in California and specifically Los Angeles (which handles a huge volume of the state’s drug cases) has changed to benefit those individuals who are charged with drug related offenses. There are a number of key propositions that have been passed and the current Governor is pro giving drug offenders a break and not sending them to jail or prison. This is something that I have been using to my client’s advantage for quite sometime now and achieving results that are unheard of in Los Angeles. The crucial thing to keep in mind is that not all of the prosecutor and judges want to go along with the new program and sometimes we have to fight to get what is necessary and what the client must have!
The key, in my opinion, to taking advantage of these changes in the law and this different way of thinking is to hire an attorney who understands what is going on and has figured out how to use it to his or her clients’ advantage. Before, you would be facing a conviction, jail time and your life being altered by a drug conviction. Now you have the chance to stay out of jail and keep your record clean. Do it once, do it right and never do it again! Make the phone call that preserves your way of life and gives you a chance to avoid the consequences a drug arrest can bring to your life.
Many times I can give you an idea of what you are looking at in a drug case over the phone and then we can meet and get into all of the details of your life and the circumstances of your case. Once we sit down and flush everything out, then you will start to get a sense of control back that is taken away from you when the police arrest you and take you to jail. Once you know what you are up against and have a plan to deal with your drug related offense the right way, you will then be on the path to getting out of a sometimes unforgiving criminal justice system.