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
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
§ 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
Call Us for a Free Consultation Today: (888) 594-0660
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.