Los Angeles Drug Transportation Lawyer
Drug Transportation Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
California Health and Safety Code 11352 prohibits the transportation of controlled substances. This drug crime statute usually is triggered when a person is in possession of drugs which relates to drug possession for sale, and this person is transporting the illegal drugs. Federal drug crimes statutes are normally applied when one transports drugs across state lines. Under Federal drug crime laws, this is called drug trafficking. Like with other types of crimes, Federal Sentencing Guidelines dictate much higher punishment than State Guidelines.
Any individual can face drug transportation criminal charges even if they were not in personal possession of the illegal drugs. For example, the illegal drugs may have been hidden in the vehicle that you were driving. State or Federal prosecutors do not need to prove that the drugs were in your immediate possession. They only have to prove the drugs were in the vehicle that you were in control of, and that you were aware of the drug's presence and its nature as an illegal drug or controlled substance. The prosecution must also prove there was a "usable amount" of drugs present. This could include controlled substances such as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, rock cocaine, heroin, among others. This also applies to prescription drugs such as percocet, vicodin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, valium, methadone, xanax, ritalin and fentanyl.
The Importance of Experienced Legal Defense
Drug transportation criminal cases require a extensive investigation into all aspects of the criminal charges against you. It is necessary to have a qualified drug crime criminal defense attorney with experience in State or Federal drug transportation charges to oversee your investigation of the entire drug case so that weaknesses in the prosecution's case can be identified and exploited on your behalf.
It is critical to have an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal lawyer to start working on your case as soon as possible. There are critical issues that need to be addressed immediately. Such as how your particular drug crimes case will be filed and what charges will be brought against you. In many cases, these issues are decided very soon after your arrest or during the drug investigation period. Early intervention gives our Los Angeles defense lawyers an opportunity to potentially reduce or dismiss the charges against you before the first court date.
Drug defense lawyers at our firm have been successfully representing clients in all Los Angeles and Orange County Courts for decades. We have learned through experience that the longer one postpones in hiring a drug crime defense attorney, the greater the problem may become. Please feel free to call our office for an initial FREE CONSULTATION where your call is strictly confidential. During your call, we can explore how best to defend and resolve your drug case. Contact a Los Angeles drug crime attorney today to discuss your case.