There are several ways for a person to get a drug charge filed against them, which forces them to need a criminal defense attorney. They can get a drug charge for drug sales, drug possession, drug transportation, driving under the influence of drugs, or drug manufacturing. These are the general categories in which a person normally picks up a drug charge in court.
Some drug charges which people face tend to be pretty straight forward. For example, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana when the person has a medical marijuana card. Many judges will dismiss these cases. I’ve gotten a drug charge such as this dismissed many times for clients. These types of cases do not often require the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. However, some people do not want to deal with the case themselves, and would rather hire a criminal defense attorney to handle it for them.
Many of the other cases which involve a drug charge are more troublesome and definitely need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.Drug Possession cases can be handled in ways that end up with the best results for clients. If charged as a felony, they can sometimes be lowered to a misdemeanor, which will keep the client out of jail. (This is true for drugs except cocaine, which is never able to be reduced to a misdemeanor.) If a person is charged with Drug Sales, they can sometimes be reduced to simple possession cases which keep the client out of jail as well. There are 2 other programs which are highly beneficial to clients. These programs fall under the category of Diversion: Prop 36 and PC 1000. See immediately below for information, or schedule a free consultation with Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, located in Palm Springs, California, to learn more!