Fallbrook Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
Fallbrook is a lovely community in North San Diego County that’s about a one-hour drive from Downtown San Diego, and it’s only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Orange County. This is a wonderful place to live for people of all ages.
Known as avocado capital of the world, Fallbrook is also home to some outstanding vineyards, including, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Estate d’lacobelli Winery, and Myrtle Creek Vineyards. Fallbrook has beautiful natural surroundings, including strawberry farms and other rural features.
The Emerald Forest Bird Garden features several types of exotic birds set on forty woodland acres. Other notable places to visit include Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens and the Fallbrook Art Center.
Even in a wonderful place like Fallbrook, there may come a time when you need to find an experienced lawyer if you are facing drug-related charges. Call jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys today at (760) 630-2000 to learn more.
A controlled substance is a drug that is regulated by the government because it may be abused or cause addiction, such as opioids, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids. Some controlled substances are legal with a prescription, such as Adderall or Ambien, and others such as LSD, Ecstasy, Cocaine, or Heroin are not legal for possession. California drug offenses include:
- Being under the influence
- Driving under the influence
- Manufacturing illegal drugs
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs
- Cultivating more than 6 marijuana plants
Prosecutors are enthusiastic about putting people in jail for drug crimes. There are many factors that allow a district attorney to seek stiff fines and long prison terms, including:
- Trafficking. The sale or transport of drugs in California carries fines of up to $20,000 and a maximum prison term of 9 years. Trafficking near a treatment center or selling to minors can add up to 5 years to a trafficking sentence. Federal penalties for drug trafficking are very strict, and they can even result in a life sentence.
- Previous offenses make prosecutors more likely to seek the maximum penalty. For example, for a first offense for drug possession charges, your Fallbrook criminal lawyer may be able to convince the court to allow you to choose a diversionary program that includes drug treatment instead of jail time. For multiple offenses, this becomes more difficult.
- Intent to sell. No matter what the drug is, this offense carries a prison sentence of up to four years and a maximum fine of $20,000. Evidence of intent to sell includes having large quantities, baggies, scales, cash, and frequent visitors to your residence who don’t stay long.
- Location. Distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, a school-related program, or playgrounds can add an additional 2 years to your sentence.
- Minors are involved. Selling to minors or inducing minors to sell drugs can result in a prison sentence of 9 years or longer.
At jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, our attorneys have successfully kept our clients out of jail using the following legal defenses:
- The drugs were never in your possession
- Mistaken identity
- Police misconduct
- Illegal search and seizure
- False accusations by a police informant
- Planted or fabricated evidence
- Police entrapment during an alleged drug purchase
Our team at jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys has extensive knowledge of the law and local courts, and our founding partner James N. Dicks is one of just 30 Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists in San Diego County.
We’ll be by your side throughout the legal process, doing everything we can to get you a favorable outcome. To learn more, give us a call today at (760) 630-2000.
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