Arrested for Drug Possession or Sales In Santa Ana?
If you, a friend, or loved one has been charged with a drug offense in Santa Ana, the advocacy from an experienced drug crime defense lawyer will be critical in minimizing the consequences. Being arrested for a drug charge is serious and can carry harsh punishments, especially if the allegations include possession of drugs or narcotics with intent to sell. Jail or state prison sentences can result for even first offenders. That is why it is imperative that you consult with a criminal defense lawyer with experience defending drug charges in Santa Ana Court immediately following an arrest or once you suspect you may be targeted as a suspect in a drug investigation.
Consequences for Drug Convictions in Santa Ana
Drug offenses are divided into two groups: possession for personal use and possession for profit. In addition, actual or constructive possession is not always a required element for prosecution on drug-related charges as simply conspiring to commit a drug crime can result in an arrest and potentially, conviction. The punishments for drug crimes vary depending on whether you possessed a controlled substance for personal use or with the intent to sell, distribute, or traffic. Penalties may include imprisonment, significant fines, the seizure and forfeiture of property, probation, and drug rehabilitation. In addition to the court imposed punishments, a drug conviction can also affect future employment prospects, citizenship, and eligibility for professional licensing.
Avoiding a Drug Possession Conviction on Your Record
If you have been accused of drug possession for personal use, we may be able to help you avoid a criminal record and the associated long-term collateral consequences through court-ordered drug diversion programs. Our Santa Ana drug possession lawyers are former senior prosecutors with over a combined 70 years of criminal law experience from both sides of the criminal courtroom. Over the last 3 decades, Santa Ana drug attorneys Paul Takakjian & Stephen Sitkoff have assisted countless clients to preserve their clean records after facing charges of drug-related offenses in Santa Ana Court either by obtaining diversionary sentences or successfully arguing motions to suppress evidence due to illegal search and seizure. Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff have extensive experience defending drug possession charges involving the following illegal substances:
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
- Possession of Crack Cocaine
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession of Ecstasy
- Possession of “Spice” or “Flaca”
- Possession of Prescription Drugs
- Possession of GHB
- Possession of Anabolic Steroids
Felony Drug Crimes in Santa Ana
Possession of a controlled substance for personal use is usually charged as a misdemeanor and is considered “diversion eligible” and considered less serious than felony drug crimes. However, felony drug offenses, such as possession of drugs with intent to sell, transportation of drugs, or drug trafficking are punished severely. The element of possessing drugs with the intent to distribute or profit elevates the seriousness of the drug offense, thus increasing the sentencing exposure and disqualifying defendants from drug diversion programs. The penalties for a drug sales conviction in Santa Ana Court can be extremely punitive as you face jail time or even state prison even if your drug charges represent your first contact with the criminal justice system.
Call Now for a Free Drug Case Review
Do not speak with narcotics detectives or appear in court before speaking to our Santa Ana drug charge defense attorneys. With what you stand to lose if convicted, it is crucial that you seek out the guidance of an accomplished criminal defense lawyer with a successful track record of defending drug charges similar to yours in Santa Ana Court. Our defense lawyers' 70 plus years of combined criminal law experience ensures our clients receive the best possible outcomes. If you've been arrested for a drug charge in Santa Ana, Signal Hill, Wilmington, San Pedro, or Seal Beach, contact our Santa Ana criminal defense lawyers today at (310) 312-8055 for a free consultation or to schedule a meeting at our office located at Santa Ana, CA 92701.