Drug Crimes Attorney
At White Goldstein we know that drug addiction can result in extremely self-destructive behavior and can tear apart families and lives. Our firm of experienced criminal defense attorneys fight for drug charges to be dismissed, or for alternatives to jail, which may include drug counseling and rehabilitation instead of county jail or state prison time. At White Goldstein, you will be treated with compassion and respect while we aggressively fight to protect you and your rights.
A drug crime is an act involving the possession, sale, manufacturing, or trafficking, of an unlawful controlled substance, or in some cases possession of medical marijuana without a valid prescription, and/or possession of concentrated cannabis (hash) with a medical marijuana prescription. Unlawful substances include: cocaine, crack, PCP, marijuana, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy, or the use of an unauthorized prescription medication such as OxyContin or Vicodin.
If you believe that you will face felony charges for a drug-related offense and need a criminal law lawyer in Los Angeles, then you should immediately consult with White Goldstein, the best criminal lawyers Southern California has to offer. We provide a free, confidential consultation to determine your legal options. Call us now at: (877) 77 WE-WIN or (877) 779-3946.
See the case victories section below for examples of our outstanding drug crimes case results.
As experienced criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles, we at White Goldstein explain and strategize with you regarding potential defenses for drug crimes such as illegal search and seizure, possession for personal use, and entrapment.
The penalties for drug crimes in California range widely — from state imprisonment and county jail time, to drug rehabilitation and counseling programs such as Deferred Entry of Judgment (also known as “DEJ” or “P.C.1000”) (http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/1000.html), Proposition 36 (also known as “Prop 36” ) (http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/1210.1.html), restitution, court fines, probation, and/or parole.
DEJ is an outpatient drug treatment program that generally lasts four months and consists of weekly drug counseling meetings and random drug testing. If you are placed on DEJ probation, and you successfully complete your program, then after 18 months, the Judge can dismiss your entire case, including your arrest.
Proposition 36 is a longer, more rigorous drug treatment program which consists of either inpatient or outpatient counseling, weekly individual therapy and group therapy, more frequent random drug testing, and routine meetings with an assigned probation officer. Prop 36 generally consists of a one-year treatment phase and a six-month aftercare phase. These time periods vary greatly, however, depending on the progress of the patient.
If you are charged with a drug crime in Southern California and need a skilled criminal defense lawyer, then call White Goldstein for a free, confidential consultation to evaluate your options: (877) 77 WE-WIN or (877) 779-3946.
Among all the criminal defense lawyers in Southern California, the attorneys at White Goldstein have extensive experience throughout Southern California — handling drug cases in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, Santa Barbara County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, and Ventura County.
In Los Angeles County, White Goldstein routinely handles drug cases in:
Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.
Drug Crimes Case Victories
Charges: Felony Transportation and Sales, and Possession with Intent to Sell Marijuana.
Possible Punishment: 7 years in prison
Outstanding Result: All charges dismissed
As a result of tedious and relentless advocacy, the prosecution dismissed the felony charges and the client pleaded guilty to 1 misdemeanor violation of possession of marijuana. He received a $300 fine with no jail and no probation.
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell, Transportation, and Sales of Cocaine
Potential Punishment: 7 years in prison
Outstanding Result: Client received Prop 36 treatment and all charges were dismissed form his record upon successful completion
The client was ineligible for Prop 36 treatment based on the charges but the Court was persuaded through zealous advocacy to make a “personal use” finding which enabled the client to enter into Prop 36 treatment.
Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine
Potential Punishment: 3 years in prison
Outstanding Result: Charge dismissed
Client entered into a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) program and all charges were dismissed upon successful completion.
Charges: Child Molestation
Possible Punishment: 8 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty
The client, a college sophomore, took the stand and admitted having intercourse with a young girl. The defense relied on the client’s inability to form the necessary mental state to be guilty of molestation because he was half-asleep when the act occurred.