Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer

Facing drug possession charges in Los Angeles can be a daunting experience. If convicted, you could face harsh penalties like fines and jail time. Don't take chances with your future. Hire an experienced Los Angeles drug possession lawyer to protect your rights if you have been charged with a drug crime related to controlled substances.

At Hurwitz Law Group, we understand the gravity of drug crimes and are dedicated to fighting for our clients' best interests in court. Our talented attorneys have a distinguished record of success in defending people accused of drug possession crimes, so you can feel confident that we will do everything possible to secure a favorable outcome for you or your loved one charged with this offense.

How a Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer Can Help

How a drug possession lawyer can help

An experienced Los Angeles drug possession attorney can prove invaluable when facing criminal charges, particularly felony ones like drug trafficking. They can provide legal advice to help you understand your rights, the potential consequences of a conviction, and all available options.

The law can be confusing for someone who has never dealt with it before, and we want to ensure that you understand exactly what your options are, allowing you to make the best possible decision for your interests. 

Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and analyze the evidence against you for any violations of constitutional law or procedural lapses that could be used in your defense. For example, some evidence might have been collected illegally, which means we may be able to get it thrown out before we go to court.

When appropriate, they may also negotiate with prosecutors on behalf of their client to reduce charges or minimize penalties. For example, a drug diversion program could be an option. And if necessary, an attorney is prepared to represent their client in court by presenting evidence supporting their case and making effective arguments. While we want to negotiate a favorable outcome for you, there are some situations where it might be better to take your case before a jury. 

Types of Drug Possession Charges in Los Angeles

Drug possession charges in Los Angeles can be incredibly severe, with hefty fines and jail time as just a few possible consequences. It is necessary to be aware of the different types of drug possession offenses that one may face to form an appropriate defense strategy. Depending on the type of substance and circumstances surrounding its possession, such charges could range from minor infractions to more serious criminal acts.

Some people might even face federal drug crime charges. Long-term effects of convictions for federal drug crimes include probation and a permanent mark on one's record, making it essential to have sound legal counsel when facing these allegations.

Simple Possession

Simple possession

Simple possession of a controlled substance is the most common drug offense. It can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the quantity and type involved.

For instance, marijuana possession tends to incur misdemeanor charges, while holding methamphetamine or heroin typically results in more severe felony penalties. Furthermore, prior criminal histories may influence how harshly simple possession charges are applied.

Possession for Sale

Possession for sale is an even graver crime than mere personal use; it involves knowingly having drugs with the intention to distribute them to others.

In Los Angeles specifically, this violation is classified as a felony that carries much harsher punishments than those associated with straightforward possession cases, such as extended prison sentences and hefty fines. This is on top of other consequences like difficulty finding employment due to loss of professional credentials.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Possessing any object designed for consuming or preparing illicit drugs is deemed as possession of drug paraphernalia in Los Angeles. This can include items such as pipes, bongs, syringes, and scales. Although the repercussions of being convicted on these charges are less severe than other drug-related offenses, they still carry substantial penalties like jail time and hefty fines. Plus, a criminal record could adversely affect your entire life. 

Moreover, there could be collateral consequences from this conviction. These may include difficulty finding employment or housing opportunities due to one's history of crime. 

Therefore, seeking an experienced attorney who specializes in defending those charged with simple possession crimes, those intended for sale purposes, and even possession of drug paraphernalia cases when arrested by law enforcement officials in the LA county area is essential.

A knowledgeable legal representative will analyze the facts at hand closely to identify any weaknesses within the prosecution's case while working to defend your rights vigorously.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Los Angeles

Penalties for drug possession

The penalties for drug possession in Los Angeles depend on the substance's kind and quantity. Here are some of the most common charges: 

Possession of Marijuana - HS 11357

This misdemeanor offense can result in a maximum sentence of half a year in county jail and monetary fines not exceeding $500 if found guilty by California law.  

Possession of Under 28.5 Oz of Marijuana (Infraction) - HS 11357(B)

Individuals that possess less than 28.5 ounces may be categorized as an infraction under state statute; thus, they can face up to a $100 fine but no jail time.

Possession of Over 28.5 Oz of Marijuana (Misdemeanor) - HS 11357(C)

If an individual is found possessing more than 28.5 ounces of marijuana, this constitutes a misdemeanor offense in California. The maximum penalties for this offense include a jail penalty of up to six months and a fine not exceeding $500.

Possession of Concentrated Cannabis (Misdemeanor or Felony) - HS 11357

Possession of concentrated cannabis is categorized as a "wobbler" offense in California, indicating that it may either result in a misdemeanor or a felony charge, depending on the individual's prior criminal record and the circumstances of the crime.

A conviction for a misdemeanor offense could result in up to a year of imprisonment and a $500 fine. In comparison, a felony conviction could carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Possession of Cocaine - HS 11350

Under California law, possession of cocaine is considered a felony offense. The maximum penalties for this offense include a jail sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Felony Possession of Cocaine With a Loaded Firearm - HS 11370.1

Felony possession of cocaine while possessing a loaded firearm is deemed an egregious offense in California. Those convicted may be subject to up to four years of imprisonment and incur a fine as high as $10,000.

Possession of Heroin - HS 11350

Similarly, possessing heroin is classified as a felony with potential penalties, including three years behind bars and fines reaching $10,000. Because this is such a serious offense, contacting a lawyer representing you is critical.

Possession of "Meth" - HS 11377

In California, possessing methamphetamine, commonly known as "meth," is considered a misdemeanor offense. The maximum penalties for possession of methamphetamine include a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

Possession of Prescription Drugs Without a Prescription - BP 4060

Possessing prescription drugs without valid authorization from a medical professional is considered a misdemeanor offense in California. Those found guilty could face severe punishments, including up to one-year imprisonment and fines of no more than $1,000.

Individuals need to know the criminal statutes relating to drug possession and the potential consequences of violating them. Furthermore, consulting with an experienced legal advisor can ensure accurate advice tailored specifically to their individual situation.

Defenses for Drug Possession Charges in Los Angeles

Drug possession charges in Los Angeles can be an intimidating experience, but it's imperative to recognize that there are several defenses your attorney can utilize to help with your case. These possible strategies may include unlawful search and seizure, lack of control over the drugs or paraphernalia, medical marijuana usage claims, and entrapment.

An experienced drug possession lawyer will evaluate the circumstances of your situation and determine the best approach for defending you.

Illegal Search and Seizure

Illegal search and seizure

One common defense against drug possession charges is illegal search & seizure, protected under Amendment IV of the United States Constitution, preventing unreasonable searches by law enforcement officers without a warrant or probable cause.

If the police conducted an unauthorized search/seizure on someone's property or person, any evidence collected from this could potentially be suppressed during the trial due to constitutional violations.

Furthermore, a knowledgeable drug attorney would assess if these rights were violated before going to court – then use that information as leverage when presenting their arguments for excluding this evidence (which weakens the prosecution's case).

Lack of Possession

One must have control over the substance to be found guilty of drug possession. A lawyer may be able to defend their client by proving that they had no knowledge or authority over the drug in question.

For example, if a person was riding in a car with friends and drugs were discovered without them knowing, there is an argument for lack of possession. We can look at your specific case and see if this defense would be effective.

Medical Marijuana Use

Medical marijuana use

Suppose you have a valid medical marijuana prescription and are using the drug for medicinal purposes. In that case, your lawyer may be able to defend you against charges of breaking the law.

In California, laws surrounding medical marijuana use are strict but allow people with certain ailments to take advantage of its beneficial effects. To access these benefits legally, patients must receive an appropriate prescription from a qualified physician.

A seasoned criminal defense attorney can appraise your situation carefully and determine if all legal requirements have been met when utilizing medical marijuana. If so, they can argue on behalf of their client that no offense was committed and possibly help them avoid conviction for drug possession charges.


When it comes to drug possession cases, entrapment is an effective defense that can be used. If the police coerce someone into committing a crime they would not otherwise have committed, their lawyer may argue for entrapment. This occurs when authorities engage in conduct that urges or encourages a person to break the law and should result in no charges being brought against them. 

Specialized drug possession attorneys are skilled at analyzing each case and determining whether any state-sanctioned inducement was present. They will use this information as evidence that their client had been manipulated into committing the offense and, thus, should not be held answerable for it.

In the end, if you are charged with drug possession in Los Angeles, securing the services of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney is essential. They can analyze your case meticulously to assess the most successful defense strategy for your particular circumstances. This may include illegal search and seizure, lack of proof of ownership, medical marijuana usage, or entrapment. Their expertise can help you achieve the best possible outcome from this situation.

Reach Out to Our Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer at Hurwitz Law Group Today

Reach out to our drug possession lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession in Los Angeles, enlisting an experienced lawyer's services is essential. At Hurwitz Law Group, our skilled attorneys are dedicated to safeguarding your rights and striving for the best possible outcome in your case. We offer a non-judgmental listening ear and provide compassionate emotional support throughout this difficult time.

Though public attitudes have shifted towards certain types of drug offenses, legal reforms often lag behind current trends, meaning that even if facts may be on your side, you must make sure that the law supports you as well. By working with a knowledgeable attorney who can effectively represent you, we will ensure that justice is served and that all voices are heard during proceedings.

Contact us today to set up an appointment. It would be our honor to defend you!

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