Anaheim Drug Crime Attorney

30+ Years of Experience Defending Drug Cases

According to recent statistics, there are approximately 20,000 drug-related criminal arrests throughout 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 lawyer you choose has a significant impact on the outcome of your case. An Anaheim drug attorney from this firm has the experience and aggression needed to advocate for your rights and defend you against drug crime allegations.

How Drugs are Classified in California

The California Health and Safety Code outlaws any substance found in the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. These substances include narcotics that have already been manufactured, as well as any chemicals or ingredients that can be used to manufacture drugs. 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 their 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 I drugs are considered to be highly dangerous. These include drugs like as marijuana, LSD and heroin.

Penalties for Selling, Possessing & Manufacturing Drugs

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 California:

  • Marijuana Possession § 11357 – Jail up to one year & a fine of up to $500
  • Marijuana Cultivation§ 11358 – Jail for 16 months, or two or three years
  • Drug Possession§ 11350 – Jail for 16 months, or two or three years
  • Possession for Sale§ 11351 – Jail for two, three or four years
  • Manufacture§ 11379.6 – Jail for three, five or seven years & a fine of up to $50,000

Do you qualify for Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)?

According to California Penal Code § 1000, certain individuals who have been 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.

We Defend a Wide Range of Drug Offenses

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Call The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs immediately if you have been arrested. The sooner you have an Orange County drug crime 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 you should not hesitate to contact our firm today for the excellent counsel that you will need.