Experienced California Drug Crimes Lawyer

Drug crimes can carry very serious penalties. An experienced California criminal defense lawyer can help you mount a defense against the charges. A criminal lawyer’s knowledge of your state’s laws and experience may prove vital to your case.

What Is Possession of Illegal Drugs?

A person can be found guilty of possession of illegal drugs if he:

  • knowingly obtains illegal drugs
  • failed to get rid of illegal drugs after realizing he had them
  • is in the vicinity of illegal drugs (i.e. bedroom)
  • owns illegal drugs

So you can be criminally charged for possession of even if you were merely holding drugs for a friend. Ownership of drugs is not always determinative of possession.

What Is Distribution of Illegal Drugs?

A person who sells or gives out illegal narcotics can be charged with distribution. Most states also have statutes that prohibit even the intent to sell narcotics. Intent to sell is proved through various factors, including the circumstances of possession and the expert opinion of police officers.

Many states also have laws making “aiding and abetting” distribution of narcotics illegal. A person who holds narcotics for a friend can be charged with aiding and abetting the distribution of illegal substances if the friend sells the narcotics and the person knew he was holding illegal narcotics.

Some states also have laws that impose greater penalties for distributing illegal drugs to minors (under 18 years old).

What Is Use of Illegal Drugs?

Any substance that is unlawful to possess or distribute is also unlawful to use. This can pertain to illegal narcotics, or even prescriptive drugs that were not obtained in a lawful manner.

What Is Considered to Be Manufacture Illegal Drugs?

All methods by which illegal narcotics can be created, including purification and conversion of drugs into other illegal drugs, is considered illegal.