Orange County Drug Lawyer

There are approximately 20,000 drug-related criminal arrests in Orange County every year. The state of California takes narcotics offenses very seriously. Not only does law enforcement have special units specifically devoted to finding drug offenders, but the California Courts prosecute alleged drug offenders harshly. These can be offenses against both federal and state authorities, subjecting someone to serious penalties from both entities.

Not all drug cases are hopeless. Some of these individuals are able to get deferred sentencing which could include drug rehabilitation in lieu of imprisonment. Whatever drug crime you have been accused of, it is important to remember that the attorney you choose has a significant impact on the outcome of your case. An Orange County criminal defense lawyer from this firm has the experience and aggression needed to advocate for your rights and defend you against drug crime allegations.

Drug Schedules in California

The California Health and Safety Code outlaws any substance found in the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Cal. Health and Saf. Code §§11053-11058). These substances include substances that have already been manufactured, as well as any chemicals or ingredients used to manufacture substances that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Acid/LSD
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opium/Morphine
  • Peyote
  • PCP

Even some prescription drugs are listed as dangerous controlled substances, such as Oxycodone, Vicodin and Valium. Each of these drugs - along with dozens of others - is categorized in five "schedules" according to potential for abuse. Schedule V drugs are less severe and include substances such as cough suppressants and drugs with smaller amounts of opium, while Schedule V drugs are highly dangerous, such as marijuana, LSD and heroin.

California Penalties for Drug Crimes

The penalties for your drug offense will depend on a number of factors, such as your criminal history, the nature of your alleged crime, the amount of the drug and the type/schedule of the drug. The following are the penalties for different drug offenses in Orange County and all of California:

According to California Penal Code § 1000, certain individuals arrested and charged with drug offenses may be able to get a deferred sentence by way of a process called "Deferred Entry of Judgment" or DEJ. This program is typically made available to those charged with minor drug offenses or their first drug offense, although others may be eligible as well. If you qualify, your sentence will essentially be postponed until completion of a certified drug treatment program. If you successfully complete this type of program, your drug charges could be dismissed.

Find a Drug Defense Attorney in Orange County, CA

Call The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs immediately if you have been arrested for a drug crime. The sooner you have an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer on your side, the stronger you can build your defense. With the firm's assistance, you could build a strong case to prove that the drugs in question were not your own, that you did not take part in the illegal proceeding, or any other number of defense strategies. This firm has practiced nothing but criminal defense for more than 30 years, so contact an Orange County drug crime lawyer from the firm today for excellent counsel and defense.