Facing Drug Crime Charges?
Facing accusations of a drug crime in California or federal court can be difficult. Along with the possible punishments and penalties that come with conviction, you could suffer damage to your personal and professional life.
Federal drug crimes can include:
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Transporting controlled substances
- Manufacturing controlled substances
- Distributing controlled substances
- Conspiring with one or more people to commit any drug crime
How The Prosecution Gets To Guilty
As with any crime, the prosecutor has to prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. That means that when you walk into the courtroom on a federal drug charge, the jury has to start with the assumption that you are innocent. The prosecution then has to show both that you:
- Knowingly possessed a controlled substance, and
- You intended to distribute the substance to another person or bring it into the country from outside the United States.
If, on the other hand, you are charged with a conspiracy drug crime, the prosecution has to prove (beyond a reasonable doubt) that you:
- Made an agreement with at least one other person to make, distribute or import a controlled substance, and
- That you joined in the agreement knowing and intending to help accomplish the specified purpose.
Establishing A Strong Defense
Starting early on your drug crimes defense is critical. Even when the preliminary investigations are going on, a knowledgeable defense attorney can start negotiating with the prosecution and working with experts so you have the most options available for fighting the charges against you.
A Skilled Lawyer Can Help
We are ready to answer your questions about your drug crime charges. Call our Los Angeles office at 424-285-5988 or toll-free 800-898-9555 to set up your free consultation. You can also contact us online to get started.