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Drug Crime Lawyer in Santa Ana

What is Considered a Drug Crime in California?

Due to the change in California's laws with proposition 47 many possession charges for drugs in California are now considered misdemeanors that would result in a maximum of 1 year in jail, up to $1k in fines, and/or court ruled community service.

Drug crime penalties due vary greatly depending on the schedule category of the drug seized, the amount found in your possession, and/or the purpose of the drugs. There are many instances where drug charges result in felony charges, hefty fines, long-term imprisonment, and a permanent criminal record.

The most common forms of drug crimes include:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug trafficking
  • Prescription drug diversions

If you have been charged with a drug offense, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and freedom. Our Santa Ana drug crime attorney can help you build an effective case to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Call (714) 852-3858 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.

Drug Schedules in California

As you consider the charges that have been brought against you for a drug-related crime, it is important to understand what schedule the drug falls under. Drug schedules are part of a categorization system that divides drugs into groups according to the seriousness of the controlled substance. The seriousness of a drug is determined by its potential for abuse and addiction, as well as if it has any accepted medical use.

There are five drug schedules, including:

  • Schedule I drugs – Substances that have the highest potential for abuse and addiction, and that have no accepted medical use. Schedule I drugs include LSD, heroin, peyote, and ecstasy.
  • Schedule II drugs – Substances that have a lesser potential for abuse and addiction than Schedule I drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, Vicodin, fentanyl, and Ritalin.
  • Schedule III drugs –Substances that have a low to moderate risk for dependency. Common Schedule III drugs include anabolic steroids, ketamine, testosterone, and certain combination substances.
  • Schedule IV drugs – Substances that have a low potential for abuse and addiction, including prescription medications like Valium, Ambien, Xanax, Soma, Tramadol, and Darvon.
  • Schedule V drugs – Substances considered to be the least dangerous and have the lowest potential for abuse and addiction. Schedule V drugs include substances like Lomotil, Robitussin, and Lyrica.

The schedule of the drug directly impacts the specific consequences one will face for a drug crime conviction. Typically, crimes involving Schedule I substances will result in the harshest penalties, while Schedule V drugs bring about the least severe punishments.

Defending Against Drug Charges in Santa Ana

Nearly every drug-related case requires the intervention of a skilled attorney to obtain a successful outcome. When you work with the Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates, we can help you determine the defense strategy that is right for your case.

Common strategies we employ against drug charges include:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Unlawful detainment without probable cause
  • Police misconduct
  • Crime lab evidence
  • Lack of ownership

Remember that you have the right to remain silent until you can consult with your attorney. Before you say anything to the police, make sure you speak to your lawyer. Failure to do so could result in saying something that could be used against you in court.

Contact our Santa Ana drug crime lawyer at (714) 852-3858 to begin formulating an effective defense plan.

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