Yolo County Drug Possession
Yolo County takes a hard stand against drug violations, including trafficking, manufacture, sale, possession, and use. If you've been charged with a drug related crime in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, or another part of Yolo County, you need a defense attorney who knows the law pertaining to drugs and has experience with the Yolo County court system.Before beginning my work as a Yolo County criminal defense lawyer, I worked as a prosecutor in the Yolo County District Attorney's Office. One of my primary assignments was as a member of YoNet, the Yolo County drug enforcement task force. My extensive experience with drug related cases helps me build an aggressive and effective defense for each of my clients. If you've been arrested for any drug crime, call me at (916) 442-1200 for a free and confidential consultation regarding your case.Drug Related Criminal ChargesViolations of California's laws pertaining to drugs can take many forms, ranging from simple possession and use to more serious charges of manufacture, transportation, and sale. In addition, while many drug charges concern illegal drugs, some stem from the misuse or abuse of legal prescription medications, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax.Criminal charges related to drugs are often associated with a traffic stop or search of a house or apartment. I can evaluate your case to determine whether the police followed established procedures when they pulled over your vehicle, searched your home, or questioned you. Alternative SentencingMy priorities when representing my clients facing drug charges are to ensure that they receive fair unbiased treatment by law enforcement and in the courts and whenever possible have the charges dismissed and my clients kept out of jail. In some instances, the best outcome for a case involving drug possession or use is to participate in an alternative sentencing program. These programs are designed for people accused of simple drug possession or use. They are not intended for those charged with manufacture, sale, or transportation. Under Deferred Entry of Judgment (Penal Code 1000) - commonly referred to as Diversion - the defendant agrees to plead guilty to the charge of drug possession in exchange for placement in a drug treatment program. The judge defers entering a final judgment for 18 months to 3 years. If the defendant completes the drug treatment program, the judge "sets aside" the guilty plea. This means that the defendant avoids having a conviction appear on his/her criminal record, obviously important when looking for employment. Deferred Entry of Judgment is designated for people with no prior drug possession convictions. For a detailed description of this program, click here.Under Proposition 36 (Penal Code 1210.1), when the defendant pleads guilty to the drug possession or use charges, the judge actually enters a judgment of guilty, which results in a conviction on the defendant's criminal record. However, instead of being sentenced to jail or prison, the defendant agrees to enter a drug treatment program as part of his/her probation. If the defendant successfully completes the treatment program and all the other terms of probation, the judge will order the charges dismissed. Eligibility for Proposition 36 is complex. Click here for more information about this program.Free and Confidential ConsultationIf you've been charged with a drug related crime in Yolo County, call me at (916) 442-1200 to discuss your case.