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Santa Ana Drug Crimes Attorney

In California, several different offenses can fall under the category of “drug crimes.” These can range from simple possession to trafficking, and can come with a wide variety of penalties.

Simple Possession is the possession of a controlled substance for personal use. The controlled substance could be marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, or another illegal drug. Prescription drugs such as OxyContin can also be considered a controlled substance if you are found to possess them without a valid prescription.

If you are charged with possession with intent to sell, you could face stiffer punishments than simple possession alone. In cases where a large amount of drugs or selling paraphernalia are found, the prosecution may accuse you of holding the drugs with the intent to sell them. A good Santa Ana drug crimes attorney can help you prove that you were only planning to use them personally and need drug treatment, not prison time.

Many larger drug cases in Southern California involve drug manufacturing, particularly involving methamphetamines. In these cases, the prosecution will try to prove that you have been operating a methamphetamine manufacturing station (“meth lab”) out of your home or business.

In all of these cases, penalties can swing wildly based on mitigating factors and the biases of law officers who often assume the worst—arresting for marijuana possession when you have a California prescription, or charging with intent to sell when you only meant the drugs for yourself. At our law firm, we only assume that you are innocent until proven guilty, and our Santa Ana criminal attorneys will fight hard to protect your rights no matter what your charges are. For more information, contact us to schedule a free consultation with a top Santa Ana criminal attorney today.