Drug Crimes

KNOWING THE LAW MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN MOUNTING A DEFENSE.

How Drug Cases Are Viewed by Law Enforcement There   are   many   kinds   of   drug   charges.   Drug   crimes   include   simple   possession,   possession   with   intent   to   sell, transporting,   importing,   and   possession   of   pipe   or   paraphernalia.      Police   and   prosecutors   think   of   people   who sell,   transport,   or   import   drugs   as   the   “bigger   fish.”   In   other words,   police   and   prosecutors would   rather   prosecute “drug   dealers”   because   it   makes   police   and   prosecutors   appear   more   accomplished.   So   naturally,   there   is   a tendency   for   prosecutors   and   police   to   exaggerate   the   nature   of   a   case   to   view   even   borderline   cases   as “dealer” cases.  This is called over-charging. How To Handle Drug Cases Drug    use    and    addiction    are    serious    societal    problems.    Unfortunately,    our    criminal    justice    system    operates inconsistently    in    handling    these    cases.        On    the    one    hand,    our    criminal    justice    system    provides    for    harsh punishments   such   as   jail   or   prison.   On   the   other   hand,   the   system   also   offers   treatment   programs,   rehabilitation, education   and   second   chances   for   offenses   of   this   nature.   However,   these   options   are   typically   available   only   to those    who    are    just    users    of    drugs.    If    the    prosecutor    can    successfully    characterize    your    case    as    “selling,” “transporting,”   or   “sharing”   of   drugs,   the   case   is   more   serious   and   so   second   chances   and   treatment   options   are no longer available.    Your    defense    attorney    needs    to    be    skillful    and    experienced    enough    to    be    able    to    determine    when    the prosecutor   really   has   enough   evidence   or   whether   your   case   is   being   over-charged.      Over   charging   is   an insidious   technique   meant   to   coerce   an   accused   person   into   pleading   guilty   to   a   lesser   crime   in   order   to   avoid being possibly convicted of a more serious crime. Experience makes the difference but the laws are changing and so must an effective defense Some   drug   crimes   are   misdemeanors   and   some   are   felonies.   Some   drugs   are   not   illegal   to   possess.   Some involve   mandatory   jail   time,   while   some   charges   do   not   allow   courts   to   impose   ANY   confinement   time.   Even more   confusing   is   that   the   same   case   or   conduct   can   be   both   a   felony   and   a   misdemeanor.      Some   drug   charges can   be   easily   bargained   down   to   lesser   crimes while   other   charges   involve   plea   deals which   the   law   guarantees can    be    dismissed,    like    it    never    happened.    Courts    will    offer    special    deals    such    as    DEJ    (Deferred    entry    of Judgment),   Prop   36,   drug   court,   conditional   pleas   and   informal   diversion.      Each   deal   has   it   advantages   and disadvantages.    There   are   complicated   defenses   and   changes   in   the   law   from   year   to   year   that   can   make   a   difference   in   your defense.   Hire   only   a   lawyer   who   is   experienced   enough   and    gets   educated   regularly   on   changes   in   the   law   to help you   navigate your way   through   all   the   possible   charges,   defenses,   and   sentence   options.      Professor   Sabado and   Mr.   Patel   have   handled   nearly   two   thousand   drug   cases   each.   Together   they   have   seen   your   kind   of   case many times over.
Case Results…  People v. B.F. (May 2018): Client was charged with two DUI counts and two counts of possession of controlled substances. Client was found in the vehicle after a collision. The team analyzed the evidence and found that the impairment observed by the officer was likely due to the collision and not from being under the influence. Client had medical marijuana license for medical conditions. Client chose not to go to trial but the team was able to get Client a first-time DUI and the other three charges dismissed.
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Drug Crimes

KNOWING THE LAW MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN

MOUNTING A DEFENSE.

How Drug Cases Are Viewed by Law Enforcement There    are    many    kinds    of    drug    charges.    Drug    crimes include   simple   possession,   possession   with   intent   to   sell, transporting,     importing,     and     possession     of     pipe     or paraphernalia.        Police    and    prosecutors    think    of    people who   sell,   transport,   or   import   drugs   as   the   “bigger   fish.”   In other     words,     police     and     prosecutors     would     rather prosecute    “drug    dealers”    because    it    makes    police    and prosecutors    appear    more    accomplished.    So    naturally, there     is     a     tendency     for     prosecutors     and     police     to exaggerate   the   nature   of   a   case   to   view   even   borderline cases as “dealer” cases.  This is called over-charging. How To Handle Drug Cases Drug    use    and    addiction    are    serious    societal    problems. Unfortunately,     our     criminal     justice     system     operates inconsistently   in   handling   these   cases.      On   the   one   hand, our      criminal      justice      system      provides      for      harsh punishments   such   as   jail   or   prison.   On   the   other   hand,   the system    also    offers    treatment    programs,    rehabilitation, education   and   second   chances   for   offenses   of   this   nature. However,    these    options    are    typically    available    only    to those   who   are   just   users   of   drugs.   If   the   prosecutor   can successfully      characterize      your      case      as      “selling,” “transporting,”    or    “sharing”    of    drugs,    the    case    is    more serious   and   so   second   chances   and   treatment   options   are no longer available.    Your      defense      attorney      needs      to      be      skillful      and experienced   enough   to   be   able   to   determine   when   the prosecutor   really   has   enough   evidence   or   whether   your case   is   being   over-charged.      Over   charging   is   an   insidious technique    meant    to    coerce    an    accused    person    into pleading   guilty   to   a   lesser   crime   in   order   to   avoid   being possibly convicted of a more serious crime. Experience    makes    the    difference    but    the    laws    are changing and so must an effective defense Some    drug    crimes    are    misdemeanors    and    some    are felonies.    Some    drugs    are    not    illegal    to    possess.    Some involve   mandatory   jail   time,   while   some   charges   do   not allow   courts   to   impose ANY   confinement   time.   Even   more confusing   is   that   the   same   case   or   conduct   can   be   both   a felony   and   a   misdemeanor.      Some   drug   charges   can   be easily    bargained    down    to    lesser    crimes    while    other charges   involve   plea   deals   which   the   law   guarantees   can be    dismissed,    like    it    never    happened.    Courts   will    offer special   deals   such   as   DEJ   (Deferred   entry   of   Judgment), Prop    36,    drug    court,    conditional    pleas    and    informal diversion.            Each      deal      has      it      advantages      and disadvantages.    There   are   complicated   defenses   and   changes   in   the   law from    year    to    year    that    can    make    a    difference    in    your defense.   Hire   only   a   lawyer   who   is   experienced   enough and    gets   educated   regularly   on   changes   in   the   law   to help    you    navigate    your    way    through    all    the    possible charges,    defenses,    and    sentence    options.        Professor Sabado   and   Mr.   Patel   have   handled   nearly   two   thousand drug   cases   each.   Together   they   have   seen   your   kind   of case many times over.

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