Drug Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney in Alameda, CA

Facing drug charges?

There are several drug-related activities that are prohibited under state law. Drug offenses often fall under the categories of manufacture and distribution, sale, and use. Examples of illegal activities involving controlled substances include:

  • Manufacturing a controlled substance or a counterfeit of one;

  • Selling and distributing controlled substances;
  • Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell; and
  • Possession of a related chemical with the intention of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Getting convicted of a drug crime can greatly affect both your present and your future. If you’re facing drug charges, seek legal assistance from a criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case and understand your options.

Legal questions or concerns?

Our experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Andrew Dósa can answer questions and address your concerns regarding criminal defense, civil litigation, and estate planning.

Penalty for Drug Offenses

In California, possession of drugs for personal use (called simple possession) is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and community service. However, the charge can be elevated to a felony if you were convicted of a serious felony in the past.

In addition, California follows a three-strike program. A second offense raises the fine to $2,000, but a third offense for serious felonies is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.

Drug trafficking and possession of controlled substances with the intent to sell and distribute carry stricter penalties. A felony charge for these acts can lead to imprisonment of at least three to five years, or three to nine years in prison if the crime involved minors.

Being charged with drug offenses is a serious matter. If you or someone you know is facing drug charges, contact our office to speak with a criminal defense attorney today.