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Get Aggressive Legal Defense from Ronald Dinan & Associates

When you or a loved one have been accused of a drug crime in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, Mendocino, or Humbolt counties, you need representation you can rely on. While California has taken measures to reduce the severity of some drug crimes, a conviction is no joke. Waste no time in contacting the criminal defense attorneys at Ronald Dinan & Associates when your future is at stake.

The severity of your drug violation penalty varies depending on the extent of your involvement and amount of drugs. Drug crimes can include the following:

  • Possession for personal use
  • Possession for sale
  • Sales / transportation of drugs
  • Manufacturing or cultivation of drugs
  • Being under the influence of drugs

Drugs covered by the California Health & Safety Code include prescription drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), Percocet (oxycodone), OxyContin, Methadone, and others, as well as illegal drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. Some drugs can be legally possessed under certain circumstances, such as smaller amounts of marijuana with a physician's recommendation or a 215 medical card or a much larger amount possessed by a marijuana grower who is a legitimate member of a collective.

Defenses in Drug Cases

A number of legal defenses are available to people who are charged with drug crimes.

Some of the more popular defenses include the following:

  • Affirmative defense of legal ownership
  • Denial of ownership
  • Entrapment
  • Search and seizure defenses

Regarding search warrants, just because a search warrant is issued by a judge does not mean it is legal. Often, the information provided by the police and included in the search warrant application to a judge contains incorrect or insufficient information. Once these circumstances are brought to the attention of the court, search warrants can be suppressed. If our defense involves a search and seizure issue, a motion to suppress will be filed by our criminal defense attorneys and, if successful, the case will most likely be dismissed.

Quality Defense for Northern California Residents

If we cannot acquire a dismissal of the criminal charges, our next step is to try to reduce the severity and / or number of charges. As to any remaining charges, an overriding philosophy of our law firm is to treat most drug crimes as a medical problem instead of a legal problem.

If addiction or long-term use is involved, it is important to address the underlying issues through options such as drug treatment and / or rehabilitation that includes Proposition 36, California Drug Court or a Penal Code §1000 deferred entry of judgment. Many clients, if convicted, can spend their time in a drug treatment program, rather than in jail.

If you have been charged in a drug case, one of the best decisions you can make is to speak to a drug defense lawyer. Contact our firm today to request your free case evaluation!

Ronald Dinan & Associates, Attorneys & Lawyers, Santa Rosa, CA