Drug Crime Attorney: Possession to Felony Trafficking
Defending Clients Against Drug Charges in San Diego and Throughout California
Drug crimes are those involving illegal drugs, narcotics, and controlled substances. These crimes may range from simple possession of marijuana to federal felonies involving drug sales, distribution, conspiracy, and trafficking of cocaine, heroin, or other street drugs. Possession and distribution of unauthorized prescription drugs are also drug offenses, typically charged as felonies. Other drug crimes include the possession and use of drug paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs, scales, and any other equipment involved in drug activity.
A drug crime may be investigated and charged at either the state or federal level. Federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are often involved in lengthy investigations into drug sales and trafficking activity. If you are facing federal drug charges, you will need a tough and aggressive defense attorney who is licensed to practice in federal court and who is experienced in handling such cases. At the Law Offices of Scott M. Schlegel, you will find a 15-year legal veteran in state and federal criminal defense who will zealously protect your interests and work tirelessly to help you fight your case. Our firm practices criminal defense exclusively, which is why we have the knowledge, skills, and resources that can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Defense Lawyer Options For Drug Crime Charges
Drug crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the type of drugs involved, the quantity found, and the activities engaged in. A drug misdemeanor may carry penalties such as up to one year in a county jail, fines, probation, or drug treatment programs. If you are charged with possession of an illegal drug, you may qualify for a diversion program in lieu of other penalties. A qualified attorney may help you pursue this if you are eligible.
In drug crimes, as in any criminal charges, you need to discuss your case with a competent defense attorney to fully understand the charges, your legal options, and the best possible course of action to take. Our firm offers a free, initial consultation to help you get started in handling your case with skilled advice and guidance.