Los Angeles Drug Crimes Attorney
According to a study conducted by the Office of the Attorney General, drug-related crimes in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California have actually been on the decline in recent years. In 2014, for example, drug offense rates decreased a total of 0.9 percent over numbers from the previous year. Despite this, drug arrests are still incredibly common – during the same year, drug or alcohol-related arrests accounted for 43.8 percent of all misdemeanor arrests across the state.
Most drug crimes in California (e.g., possession) are classified as misdemeanors. A misdemeanor charge, while not desirable, is less serious than a felony and won’t have such profound an impact on one’s life. In California, the maximum punishment for a misdemeanor crime is typically a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in a county jail.
However, some drug crimes are much more serious – like if you’ve been charged with something like large-scale drug trafficking. Regardless of the nature of your situation, Hurwitz Law Group, Inc works hard to help guarantee that all clients experience the fair day in court to which they are entitled.
We have significant experience handling drug crimes ranging from:
*This list is not exhaustive
Attorney Brian Hurwitz will examine every aspect of your case, making sure that arresting officers did not violate search and seizure laws in California and that they were not in violation of the state’s many entrapment laws. Entrapment is a situation where a law officer engaged in conduct that would cause an otherwise normal and law-abiding person to commit the crime in question. Attorney Hurwitz interprets all available evidence in every case to use it to the advantage of the client—to mount the strongest legal defense possible.
Note that if your drug crime is the first such misdemeanor that you’ve been charged with, and it was both A) non-violent in nature and B) low level, it is also possible to have it expunged from your record depending on the exact specifics of your situation. This means that documents related to your drug crime will be sealed, essentially making them no longer available to the general public. You would not even be required to disclose these drug crimes as a part of your criminal history, such as on a job application. If this is an option in your case, Hurwitz Law Group, Inc will fight to help make it possible.
What qualifies as a drug crime?
A drug crime can include any drug-related activity from drug sales or transportation to possessing certain prescription medicines without a prescription (such as Vicodin) to manufacturing drugs in your home. Being under the influence of drugs, even if they came from a friend, is also a crime.
While most interactions with drugs are considered criminal offenses, a criminal charge requires adequate evidence to prove that you did use or possess drugs – and that evidence must be gathered legally. At Hurwitz Law Group, Inc we work with our clients to make sure your constitutional rights were not violated during an investigation and in gathering any “evidence” that may affect a conviction.
Having criminal defense lawyer who understands your constitutional rights is crucial to ensure your rights were not violated. If police find drugs on your property, and they believe you may have planned to sell them – for example, you have scales, cash, or you’ve divided them into several containers – they can charge you with a more serious crime than simply possessing drugs. This could happen even if you had no intention of selling the drugs, if it was your first time being in possession of drugs, or if the drugs actually belonged to someone else.
Possessing and using prescription drugs, when they are not properly prescribed, is also a crime. Looking for a doctor who will prescribe you with painkillers on very little evidence is a criminal offense, as is changing prescription information to extend a prescription you received. In fact, even doctors and nurses prescribing medication, if they prescribe the medication to someone with a drug addiction, could face drug charges. Communicating your knowledge and intentions in a situation is crucial to ensuring the best result is achieved.
What could happen if I am convicted of a drug crime?
Drug charges, in the state of California, fall under two categories: misdemeanors and felonies.
Even if you are innocent, if your case is not presented clearly, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors result in jail time of up to a year, fines, and other consequences. They also can affect your child custody rights. It’s important for you to hire a criminal defense lawyer with the knowledge and understanding of your constitutional rights to assure you are not cornered into accepting a plea deal.
If you are guilty, it’s important to present a strong case for exactly your intent and nothing more. Communicating the situation surrounding your charge clearly and credibly could be the difference between a dismissal and a conviction. With a felony, you could be required to serve several years in jail, pay thousands in fines, and disclose your conviction on work and housing applications in the future.
If you’re charged with a drug crime, the evidence against you may not even be valid in court; however, without a skilled attorney, you may never know, and your case may end with a drug conviction. With an experienced lawyer, you can investigate whether the search and seizure of the drugs was done according to state and constitutional law. Evidence that was not lawfully obtained by the police should not be admissible in your case. This is especially important if you are wrongfully accused of a drug crime; our Los Angeles criminal defense attorney will examine to see what “evidence” was presented and help you navigate the complex legal process.
Presenting your case clearly in court and fighting the constitutional grounds could be the difference between a felony resulting in a dismissal or a reduction to a misdemeanor. If you are charged with a misdemeanor you may be able to secure a dismissal and you may even be able to have it removed from your public record several years from now – so that it would not affect your employment in the future.
When you’re seeking to be represented fairly for a drug crime accusation, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorney will help you present your case with strength and aggressiveness to assure the best result possible is obtained. Contact Hurwitz Law Group, Inc for more information on our LA defense lawyer and the services we offer those charged with drug crimes.
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One of the factors that makes Hurwitz Law Group, Inc so unique in terms of drug crimes attorneys in Los Angeles is that the founder, Brian Hurwitz, handles each case personally. Attorney Hurwitz does everything in his power to guarantee that all clients receive just treatment per the legal system.
If you’d like to find out more information about how the Hurwitz Law Group, Inc may be able to assist in your drug crime charges in LA, or if you’d like to discuss the specifics of your situation with someone in a little more detail, contact Hurwitz Law Group, Inc today at (323) 244-4147. Get your free consultation today.