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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.

  • Schedule I — Schedule I drugs are the most addictive and also have no accepted medical uses. These drugs, such as heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy, draw the most severe penalties. Marijuana is on the federal Schedule I, but is treated differently under the law.
  • Schedule II — These drugs, such as Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and methadone, have a high potential for abuse, but some are legal with a prescription, including OxyContin, fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
  • Schedule III — Drugs with a moderate or low potential for abuse include ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
  • Schedule IV — These drugs have a low addictive potential and low potential for abuse, and include the prescription drugs Xanax, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, and Ambien.
  • Schedule V — These drugs include prescription cough medicines with low quantities of narcotics, such as Robitussin AC.

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:

  • A defendant has been previously convicted of a serious felony.
  • There is enough of the drug to justify a charge of possession with intent to sell.
  • There is enough of the drug to justify a charge of trafficking.

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.

Contact a determined defense attorney who fights drug charges in Southern California

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.