If you are arrested for a drug offense in Southern California, you can expect aggressive prosecution and a severe sentence if convicted. However, there are significant ways that an experienced and determined criminal defense attorney can improve the outcome of your case. At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, I take an assertive approach to drug crime defense, challenging the elements of the authorities’ case against you. I have extensive experience dealing with improper and unlawful police procedures as well as ambitious prosecutors overcharging cases. I know how to improve my clients’ outcome through negotiations and how to fight in court when justice demands.
Drug laws and penalties in California depend on the nature of the drug and the amount in question. Classifications of drugs are taken from the federal Controlled Substances Act, which lists five schedules of drugs, based on their addictive nature, potential for abuse, and whether there is a medically accepted use.
In California, possession of small amounts of a controlled substance is usually an infraction (calling for a fine, but no jail time) or a misdemeanor (which can result in jail time, fines and other penalties). But there are conditions that could make possession a felony, such as:
When you are charged with a felony, you could be facing a prison sentence of many, many years. But even a misdemeanor conviction can cause prolonged trouble, affecting your ability to pursue your education or career. So, no matter the charge, when drugs are involved, you have to retain an experienced attorney who is determined to fight for a favorable outcome.
If you’ve been arrested on a drug charge, anywhere in San Bernardino or Riverside County, the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman can provide the steadfast representation you need to obtain a favorable outcome. Please call 909-347-7389 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my San Bernardino or Riverside office.