Drug Possession and Sale

UC Davis, Sac State, Community College Students and Drug Laws
Because of the insulated environment at colleges and universities and the freedom that comes with living away from home, some students unfortunately become involved with drugs and wind up facing criminal charges. Some instances of drug use are charged as possession for personal use. Others, though, get charged as possession for sale, which comes with substantially higher penalties.

Drug convictions can have serious consequences for your future employment and educational prospects. For both misdemeanor and felony drug cases, you need an criminal attorney with extensive experience with drug related cases. My previous work as a drug crimes prosecutor gives me the knowledge to build an effective defense for you.

Traffic Stops and DUID
Many arrests for drug possession arise from traffic stops by law enforcement. A typical scenario involves a group of students partying at an off-campus house and the use of marijuana, cocaine, or other "recreational" drugs. Someone unfortunately decides to attempt to drive and is either pulled over for erratic driving or is identified as under the influence at a DUI / traffic safety checkpoint. This sort of situation brings multiple charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). I have extensive experience handling these types of complex cases, and can step in immediately to protect the rights of you or your child. Call me at (916) 442-1200 to discuss the details of your case.

Felony Drug Charges
Many arrests for drug possession result in misdemeanor charges. Some arrests, however, bring felony charges. Possession of more than a few grams of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine or other drug is often viewed by police as possession with the intent to sell, even if the drugs were meant only for personal use.

Understanding how the criminal justice system treats these sorts of charges is crucial to fashioning an effective defense. With my 20 years in criminal law in the Sacramento region - including previous experience as a drug crimes prosecutor - I can help you through this difficult time. I will evaluate all aspects of your case, including the circumstances of the investigation and arrest, to build a quality defense that looks out for your long-term interests.

Diversion Programs
Diversion programs are an option for most non-violent drug offenders. I can help negotiate a plea agreement that results in the conviction being removed from your record after completion of a drug diversion program.

Free and Confidential Consultation
With my extensive experience with drug related cases - both as a defense attorney and in the past as a prosecutor - I can devise an effective defense for your case. Call me at (916) 442-1200 for a free and confidential consultation.