Long Beach Drug Crime Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony drug charges, it is very important that you hire legal representation that you trust. The Long Beach drug crime defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV will use our extensive knowledge in the areas of criminal defense and State and Federal drug laws to create a defense for your particular situation. With our skill and experience, we may be able to have your charges dropped, or have your sentence reduced or altered. Defense Attorney Joseph H. Low IV is a former Marine and practices law with the same loyalty and honor with which he served his country. Mr. Low recognizes that injustice affects the lives of far too many Americans and fights to bring the attention of the power structures to what matters most – people’s rights. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV offers free consultations. Please contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
In a recent one year period, over 1.5 million people were arrested for drug related crimes in the United States.
Some crimes which are harshly prosecuted include:
- Distributing drugs
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possessing drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell
- Selling drugs
While every situation is different, an arrest surrounding an alleged drug crime may be based on false identity, inadmissible evidence, miscommunication, or substance abuse. The complexity of a drug crime case is demanding; however, your rights or the rights of your loved one can be protected.
Fighting the Penalties
All California drug crimes are very serious matters, and depending upon the circumstances, carry with them severe legal consequences. If you are convicted of a drug charge, there are many different penalties that you may be confronted with, such as monetary fines, probation, and/or a jail term. A drug related conviction on your criminal record may cause many problems in your personal and professional life, as it may minimize your chance of obtaining a good job or a place to live.
Whether a person is accused of possession, sale, trafficking, or manufacture, the penalties that an individual faces for a drug crime are influenced by the type of drug involved as well as the amount. A misdemeanor drug crime conviction may carry less severe penalties than a felony drug crime conviction; however, even a misdemeanor has the power to significantly harm an individual’s personal life as well as his or her career and finances. Fines, jail or prison time, probation and other penalties may be imposed as the result of a drug crime conviction.
One of the most important things after an arrest for a drug crime is to discuss the best course of action with a skilled defense lawyer. An attorney with experience handling these cases will carry out a full investigation to find missing evidence and devise a plan to effectively present the evidence. It isn’t uncommon for a person who has been arrested to be intimidated by law enforcement into making a plea deal or entering a guilty plea.
Some defendants in drug related cases may even be able to avoid jail entirely and complete a drug diversion course or drug rehab program. In fact, Proposition 36 was created to give first time, non-violent, drug offenders an alternative to jail by allowing them to undergo probation and a drug rehab program. The rehab lasts for one year, and there is typically a subsequent six month period in which the defendant receives follow up care.
Non-violent drug offenses typically call for drug court in California, where judicial oversight is combined with supervising probation and substance abuse treatment services. Drug diversion programs aim to lower a person’s chances of committing a crime in the future and using illegal substances. These programs also hope to increase a person’s chances of rehabilitating successfully.
Drug courts provide the opportunity for an individual to receive a more effective solution to problems of addiction and recidivism rather than punishments like incarceration. However, drug court does not mean a drug offender "gets off easy". Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, a parent convicted of a drug crime may have their children taken away from him or her or experience a drastic change in child custody or visitation. With that being said, drug courts may help a person have their charges dismissed if he or she agrees to drug testing, education, and/or counseling.
A Step in the Right Direction
A drug crime often creates the opportunity for law enforcement to charge you with additional offenses, such as weapons charges, violent crimes, driving under the influence (DUI), gang crime, and others. In order to really know what you’re up against and how to beat it, it’s best to ensure that your rights are protected.
The distinguished Long Beach criminal defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV use aggressive legal tactics and well thought out defenses to successfully defend clients who have been accused of serious drug related crimes. If you have been accused of, or arrested for, a drug crime in California you should hire knowledgeable legal representation immediately, because you are facing serious criminal charges. Call The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV today to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Low and discuss your drug offense case. Call (888) 454-5569 today to discuss your legal options.
Drug Crime Case Results
- Charge: 11550 - Under the influence of drugs; Result: Dismissed
- Charge: 11377 - Possession of drugs; Result: Case Dismissed
- Charge: 11378 - Sales of drugs; Result: Case Dismissed
- Charge: 11358 - Possession of Illegal Substance; Result: Dismissed
- Charge: Growing and Sales of Marijuana; Result: DA Dismissed at preliminary hearing
- Charge: Domestic Violence (Felony), Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Felony), Illegal Weapon Possession (Felony), Battery (Felony), Drug Under the Influence (Felony): All Dismissed