California Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer
The law treats drug possession and drug distribution very differently. Drug crimes are non-violent crimes, and judges are increasingly acknowledging that a person who possesses illegal drugs is not necessarily endangering others by doing so. Drug possession is now a misdemeanor in California, but a misdemeanor conviction is still a conviction, and a defense lawyer can help you avoid getting a misdemeanor conviction on your record. You might even be able to get your charges dropped if you complete court-ordered substance abuse treatment. Drug distribution is a much more serious offense, though. If you are being accused of drug distribution, you need a Northern California drug crimes defense lawyer on your side.
What is Drug Distribution?
The definition of drug distribution includes the illegal sale and transport of any of the drugs listed in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Possession for sale is a related crime. You can also get a distribution charge if the substances the police find in your possession are not listed on any of the schedules of the Controlled Substances Act but are ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine or phencyclidine (PCP).
The law treats drug distribution as a more serious crime than simple possession because, by distributing illegal drugs, the defendant is increasing the risk that someone else will suffer the effects of drug abuse, including overdose or addiction. Prosecutors often try to play on jurors’ fears about dangerous drug dealers intentionally preying on vulnerable people. This is just another reason that you need a skilled defense lawyer to help you fight your drug distribution charges.
What are the Consequences of Drug Distribution?
Drug distribution is a felony, punishable by probation or a prison sentence. The length of the prison sentence, if any, has to do with the circumstances of the crime. Drug distribution in a place where children are present or a place frequented by children gets even harsher punishments than other places. For example, the sentence will be longer if the defendant manufactured or sold drugs near a school or playground. Likewise, whether or not you have previous convictions on your record affects the length of your sentence. The maximum sentence for distribution of precursor chemicals to methamphetamine or PCP is 16 months to six years in prison.
Red Bluff, California, Defense Lawyer for Drug Distribution Offenses
If you get charged with drug distribution, you have the same rights as any person charged with a crime in the United States. You are innocent until proven guilty, and you have the right to plead innocent and to be represented by a lawyer before and during a jury trial.
Gregg Cohen is a California criminal defense lawyer who previously worked as a prosecutor. He is familiar with all aspects of the criminal justice system and is committed to helping defendants exercise their legal rights. If you get charged with drug distribution, Gregg will work closely with you at every stage of the process to ensure that you can avoid unfair convictions and excessive punishments for your drug distribution charges.