Drug Possession in California
Trusted Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney
In late 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, a dynamic statewide
law that reduced many non-violent crimes to misdemeanors—including
all cases of simple drug possession. Still, drug possession is a serious
matter that requires serious legal attention. As the state is still grappling
with the changes Prop 47 has brought to our justice system, those accused
of these offenses need vigilant, dynamic counsel to ensure that their
rights are protected.
At Ronald Dinan & Associates, our team has more than 150 years of combined
criminal defense experience. We know that laws can fluctuate and understand
how important it is for those accused of crimes to be shielded from maximum
penalties. Those who come through our doors can rest assured that their
counsel has a thorough understanding of all current statutes and that
every possible defense avenue will be explored to its fullest extent.
Contact us to get your defense started today with a
free case evaluation.
Important Factors in Drug Possession Cases
California drug laws are complex and California Health & Safety Code
11350 HS provides definitions for a multitude of different circumstances.
Effectively strategizing against a possession charge depends on a number
of different, critical factors.
These factors include:
- The kind of substance found
- The amount of the substance found
- The intended use of the substances found
- The accused’s criminal history (if any)
- The "type" of possession discovered by police (actual, joint,
- Any misconduct or mistakes made by law enforcement
While Prop 47 has made cases of simple possession a misdemeanor, these
charges can also still be easily misconstrued by police and prosecutors
as a more serious offense. For example, if you are found with drugs that
look like they have been packaged for sale, a possession charge can quickly
become a felony. That is why is so critical to have counsel you can clearly
and aggressively assert the circumstances of your arrest in court.
For more information about the seriousness of your drug possession charge,
possible defenses, of your eligibility for drug diversion programs in
lieu of criminal consequences, then
contact us to speak with our skilled Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyers today.