Drug Distribution in California

Are you facing a drug distribution charge?

In California, the sale, transfer, transport, or import of illegal drugs or substances can be charged as drug distribution. Also, importing, transporting, and distributing are all considered to be drug trafficking which is not the same as possession with intent to sell. The consequences for drug trafficking or distribution are more severe than possession or selling. If you are arrested or charged for delivering any controlled substance without a license to do so legally, you could be subject to a drug distribution charge. It is essential that you contact an Anaheim drug crime attorney at The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs immediately.

The common controlled substances are:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy

Drug distribution is not limited to illegal drugs but also prescription drugs without a license to distribute or sell. When being charged for drug distribution, the prosecutor has to have evidence showing that you were going to distribute or sell the drugs rather than use them personally. In order to prove intent, the prosecutor will usually look at the amount of drugs as well as the possession of distribution materials. A good defense from our firm may be able to combat the evidence against you and reduce the charge and penalties.

Penalties for Drug Distribution in Orange County

The penalties for drug distribution are harsh; they vary depending on the type of drug, the amount that is being distributed and your previous criminal history. The consequences are also different based on the where the transport is taking place; the various penalties in California's Penal Code include:

  • A felony charge with a jail sentence of 3-5 years if charged with distributing controlled substances.
  • If transporting from a California county to a non-contiguous county, it is a felony charge with a penalty of between 3-9 years in prison.
  • Prison sentences of 3, 6, or 9 years if charged for hiring minors to distribute controlled substances or if you sell controlled substances to minors.
    • If the distribution occurs within 1,000 feet of schools during the hours of operation, there could be an enhanced sentence.
  • Distributing marijuana is a felony charge punishable by 2-4 years in prison.
  • There are exceptions to this law if it is less than one ounce of marijuana; this would be a misdemeanor with a fine up to $100
  • Distributing chemicals that are ingredients for phencyclidine (PCP) or methamphetamine or distributing those 2 drugs is punishable by 16 months-6 years in prison.

This is a brief overview of the charges possible if you are facing a drug distribution charge but there are variations depending on prior drug or criminal offenses. The California Health and Safety Code outlines the different variations of penalties due to the specifics of each case and defendant. With the assistance of an Anaheim drug crime lawyer from our firm, you may be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced. Convictions may lead to fines from $5,000-$10,000 as well as imprisonment which is why skilled criminal defense representation is vital to your case.

Building Your Defense

At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we provide several services to help combat a drug distribution charge. The Fourth Amendment is commonly used when dealing with these types of drug crimes. When creating a defense for our clients, we thoroughly investigate the evidence in the case because oftentimes the drugs are obtained by law enforcement using search and seizure measures. An experienced lawyer will be able to examine the procedures used as well as the evidence provided in your case, including:

  • Search warrants
  • Wiretaps
  • Statements from informants
  • Law enforcement action
  • Presence of probable cause
  • Legality of the search and seizure

Using these defenses, drug distribution charges may be able to be dismissed or reduced due to how the evidence was obtained. The felony charges on the line with drug distribution cases are severe and unforgiving. These charges will stay on your criminal record and could strongly influence your future. Do not sit aside and let your record be severely tainted. Seek experienced drug crime representation from an Anaheim criminal defense attorney at our firm.

Team Up With a Lawyer from The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs

It is imperative to have knowledge and experience on your side if you are facing a drug distribution charge in California. We have 30 years of experience dealing with all types of criminal defense cases including drug distribution and we are skilled in building a strong defense to fight for dismissed or reduced charges for our clients. We proudly offer a free initial consultation so you can call today and ask question or discuss your unique case with a lawyer from our firm.