Drug Charges Criminal Defense
Drug charges can carry very stiff sentences including
mandatory jail sentences and loss of driving privileges.
The prosecutor files charges depending on the type of
drug, the quantity, whether the drug is possessed for
personal use or for sale, and the past criminal record of
a person. A conviction for a drug crime can potentially
effect a person for the rest of his/her life. Having a
drug offense on one’s record can greatly affect that
person’s ability to obtain a job, get into school, and
obtain a scholarship, among other things. It can also
affect one’s ability to enter into any branch of the
armed services. Finally, a drug related offense on one’s
record can affect that person's ability to obtain
citizenship in the United States and can result in
deportation. The consequences of a conviction can
result in imprisonment in jail or prison, probation or
parole after a person is released from custody,
enormous legal fines, restitution to law enforcement
for the cost of investigation, mandatory drug
counseling, registration as a drug offender with local
law enforcement, and the revocation of a driver's
It is imperative to retain an attorney at the earliest
possible time in order to ensure that the attorney can
explore all avenues available to you. The Phillips Law
Offices handle all types of drug crimes and charges
including, but not limited to, the following:
Health & Safety Code 11350 Possession of a
Health & Safety Code 11351 Possession for Sales,
Health & Safety Code 11352 Sales or
Transportation of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11377 Possession of
Health & Safety Code 11357(a) Possession of
Health & Safety Code 11357(b) Possession of
under an ounce of Marijuana.
Health & Safety Code 11357(c) Possession of over
one ounce of Marijuana.
Health & Safety Code 11358 Cultivation of
Health & Safety Code 11359 Possession with
Intent to Sell Marijuana.
Health & Safety Code 11360Transportation of
When you hire The Phillips Law Offices to represent
you in your drug case, we will always look behind the
charges to see if there are legal motions that may be
brought to have your charges dismissed. Even if you
were caught in possession of drugs, the circumstances
leading to that charge may not have been legal. Did the
police have probable cause to search you, your car, or
your home? If not, we may be able to have the judge
throw out this illegally obtained evidence, leading to a
dismissal of charges.
In many other drug cases there is a major issue as to
who had "control" or "ownership" of the drugs found.
Even if you were found in a vehicle where drugs may
have been found the prosecution must prove that you
had "dominion and control" over the drugs and knew
the "nature of the substance" found in the automobile
was in fact illegal narcotics.