Pasadena Drug Possession Lawyer
Drug Possession Penalties in California
Have you been caught in possession of an illegal drug? If you are in possession
of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana, you can't be arrested under
California state law. Instead, you will be given a $100 fine for committing
a civil infraction. Possessing any illegal drugs over this quantity is
a criminal offense that will be prosecuted in court.
Unless you take action to defend yourself against a drug possession allegation,
you will face severe penalties and have a conviction on your criminal
record for years to come. A criminal record will show up whenever you
are required to pass a background check for employment, housing or credit,
and expungement is the only method for erasing one's criminal record.
The penalties of a drug possession conviction can also result in up to
6 months in county jail, as well as a strict term of probation.
Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for a diversion program
or alternative sentencing under
Proposition 36. Also known as the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, Proposition
36 allows first and second time nonviolent, simple drug possession offenders
the chance to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration.
Defend Your Rights against Drug Possession Charges
One of the most important questions in a drug possession case is whether
the defendant's Constitutional Rights were violated during the arrest.
Police in our area are eager to make arrests for
drug crimes, and this can result in charges being filed based on illegally gathered
evidence. If your Pasadena criminal attorney can demonstrate that the
arresting officer didn't have probable cause to search your person
or your vehicle, the judge may deem that the evidence is inadmissible.
If you have been arrested for marijuana possession, your case is made more
complicated by the fact that our state has decriminalized medical marijuana.
This could play into your defense, and your Pasadena criminal defense
lawyer will discuss the case with you in detail by looking at everything
from your previous criminal history to the circumstances of your arrest
in order to find the best strategy for your situation. In order to find
out more about what you can do to fight the charges, meet with an attorney
from our criminal defense firm in Pasadena today.