Felony Drug Charges
Possession of illegal drugs for sale may result in felony charges carrying the possibility of time in state prison. Prosecutors in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties aggressively pursue convictions in these types of cases. My past experience as a prosecutor handling high-profile cases against major drug dealers and gang members helps me build an effective defense for clients facing felony drug charges.
If you or a family member need the immediate assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, call my office in downtown Sacramento at 916-442-1200.Proposition 47
With the passage of Proposition 47 by California voters in November 2014, the law regarding drug possession changed dramatically. Specifically, most instances of drug possession will now be classified as misdemeanors rather than felonies. This means reduced jail times and increased possibilities for access to drug treatment programs.
While drug possession for sale has been and will continue to be charged as a felony, possession for personal use will now be charged as a misdemeanor as long as the circumstances are non-serious and nonviolent. Marijuana possession will be treated as it was before with infraction charges for an ounce or less and misdemeanor charges for more than an ounce.
An important provision of Proposition 47 is the opportunity for someone currently serving time in prison for a past felony drug conviction to apply for a reduction of sentence to a misdemeanor. In addition, someone who has completed a felony drug sentence may also apply for a reduction to a misdemeanor, something that can be of great benefit when applying for a job.Experience and Knowledge Make a Difference
Understanding how the system works is absolutely vital in any attempt to convince a prosecutor or judge that the drugs were for personal use rather than for sale or distribution.
With nearly 20 years of criminal trial experience - and past experience as drug crime prosecutor - I have the skill and knowledge to fight for you and make sure your side of the story is heard. Contact my office now for a free consultation. I can get to work today to build an effective defense in your felony possession case.Fighting Felony Drug Charges
In addition to the quantity of drugs, it may be possible to address other facts and circumstances in order to argue for a reduction of the charges to keep you out of prison and make diversion and probation available.
Did the police find a digital scale or large amounts of cash during their investigation? If so, it is extremely important that you have a lawyer with the experience to make a convincing argument to the judge.Free and Confidential Consultation
Contact me today for a free initial consultation. I will review your options for fighting a felony drug charge at trial or negotiating a favorable deal to keep you out of prison. My primary goal is to get your charges dropped, and I will work tirelessly to produce real results in your case.