The arresting officer may charge you with possession if they find these substances on your person (i.e., in your pocket or in your sock), in your home, in your office, or in your vehicle. While the consequences for a drug possession conviction can be serious, the stakes become even higher when prosecutors try to elevate the charge to possession with intent to sell. If you or someone you love is currently facing drug possession charges, you should reach out to Jeffrey B. Hayden, Attorney at Law for top-notch legal representation. We believe in fighting hard for your future, so get in touch right away to get the help you need during this stressful time.
Penalties for Drug Possession Offenses
For the most part, a drug possession charge is considered a misdemeanor, meaning that it carries weighty consequences, but is much less severe than a felony conviction. Common substances that have been discovered on or near a person that have led to a drug possession charge are cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, opiates, LSD, and other illegal or controlled substances. If you are convicted of a drug possession offense, you could face up to one year in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. You may also be required to attend a drug counseling program.
Alternative Sentencing Options
In fact, as California’s criminal justice system is undergoing multiple evaluations to determine what aspects are working and what improvements should be made, more judges and courtrooms are offering alternative sentencing options for drug possession convictions. That is, in lieu of jail time, you may be able to participate in a drug diversion program that is aimed at supporting your recovery, rather than simply punishing you and denying you the professional help you need. When you work with knowledgeable attorney Jeffrey B. Hayden, you can discuss your legal options and develop a strategy that gives you the best possible chances of obtaining a successful outcome.
Fighting Back on Intent to Sell Charges
Unfortunately, many prosecutors will seek to charge you with the highest-level offense they can. This strategy assumes that even if you and your criminal defense lawyer are successful at having the charges reduced, you will still be convicted of a crime. One common practice is for prosecutors to elevate a drug possession charge to possession with the intent to sell, which becomes a felony offense and carries significantly heavier penalties. As a celebrated and certified criminal law specialist, Jeffrey B. Hayden understands how to successfully fight back at these charges, and he will dedicate himself to developing a solid legal strategy aimed at protecting your freedom and your future. Time is ticking, so call our office immediately to get the trusted representation you need.