Los Angeles Possession Lawyer
Aggressive Criminal Defense
The possession of an illegal substance is a criminal offense that can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount of drugs that were found. Drug possession can include actual possession of a drug, in which the substance was found on the person, or constructive possession where the person knew where the drug was located and could access it. The penalties for a guilty verdict in a drug possession case include:
- Court-ordered drug treatment
- Community work
Misdemeanor possession can result in up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. In the past, most misdemeanor cases involved possession of marijuana for personal use. Newly adopted legislation has now considers the possession of up to 28.5 grams (1 oz.) of marijuana as an infraction, with a maximum fine of $100.00.
Any amount of marijuana found on a person at a school is still charged as a misdemeanor. Possession cases involving a large amount of drugs are often charged as a felony. The possession of a highly addictive substance such as cocaine is typically charged as a felony as well, regardless of the amount of drug that was found.
If you have been arrested for drug possession, contact a Torrance criminal defense attorney for qualified legal advice regarding your case. There are many defense options that a knowledgeable attorney can discuss, as well as sentencing alternatives such as a drug diversion program.
Los Angeles Possession Attorney
Law Offices of Decio Rangel Jr. is a recognized criminal defense firm that has provided trusted representation to the accused for many years. We will execute carefully prepared defense strategies and vigorously attack the prosecution’s case. Lawyers at our firm will also look for evidentiary flaws that can be used to mitigate the charges against you. Our legal team can be relied on to seek alternative sentencing whenever possible, including enrollment in a drug diversion program.
Contact a Los Angeles possession attorney at our law office if you have been arrested for possession for qualified legal assistance.