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Drug offenses are one of the most widely prosecuted crimes in California and constitute a large percentage of cases in Federal courts. At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, our San Diego Drug Crimes Attorney zealously defends our clients against drug charges of every type, ranging from simple possession to large-scale drug trafficking. As a former prosecutor and now seasoned San Diego drug crimes attorney, George H. Ramos, Jr. utilizes his insight and extensive experience in criminal law to aggressively advocate on behalf of his clients. His thorough knowledge of both sides of the criminal justice system provides him with the unique ability to anticipate the prosecution’s case and exploit it’s deficiencies to your advantage.

The consequences of a drug offense conviction widely vary, from probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the type and quantity of drugs, and your prior criminal record. You’ll need an experienced San Diego drug crimes lawyer to help in this difficult situation. At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, we start negotiations with the prosecution as soon as possible to help minimize or eliminate the consequences of criminal charges. But for this to happen, you must act quickly. Contact us today for the experienced, aggressive representation that you deserve.

CALIFORNIA DRUG OFFENSES

Our San Diego drug crimes lawyer represents clients who are facing felony and misdemeanor narcotics charges involving marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines (crystal meth), prescription drugs, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), or other controlled substances, including:

DRUG POSSESSION:

California criminalizes not only the possession of illegal drugs, but also the possession of prescription drugs by persons to whom the drugs are not prescribed. Under Health and Safety Code 11350, it is illegal to possess narcotics such as cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, ketamine, and GHB as well as prescription drugs such as Vicodin or Codeine when done so without a prescription. Health and Safety Code 11377 criminalizes the possession of methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth.

Drug possession crimes in California are classified as infractions, misdemeanors, felonies, or wobblers (crimes that may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony). The classification of a possession crime may have a substantial effect on sentencing. In November 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, downgrading these possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors for certain offenders. Prop 47 may also be retroactively applied to those currently serving sentences for such offenses. For more information on Proposition 47, please read below.

POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO SELL:

Under Health and Safety Code 11351, it is illegal to possess narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and GHB, as well as certain prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Codeine, with the intent to sell the controlled substance. Health and Safety Code 11378 criminalizes the possession of other illegal drugs such as methamphetamine (crystal meth), with the intent to sell the controlled substance. These offenses are deemed felonies and carry a heavier penalty than simple possession. However, just because you’ve been arrested, it doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted.

To be convicted of one of these offenses, the prosecution must prove not only possession of the controlled substance, but also that the individual knew of its presence, knew that the substance was an illegal drug, possessed enough of the illegal drug to sell for consumption, and intended to sell it. Many variables are considered when assessing whether an individual possessed a controlled substance with the intent to sell, including the presence of weight measurement tools (scales), packaging supplies (baggies), large sums of cash, weapons, and the quantity of the controlled substance confiscated.

Often times individuals are charged with intent to sell offenses, when, in fact, possession was only for personal use. Because these offenses do not qualify for Proposition 36 or PC 1000 drug diversion, you do not want to be wrongfully charged. At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, our San Diego drug charges lawyer works around the clock to exploit the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and make sure that a wrongful conviction does not happen to you.

DRUG TRAFFICKING OR DISTRIBUTION:

It is a felony in California to transport, import into the state, sell, furnish, administer or give away narcotics such as cocaine and heroin under Health and Safety Code 11352 as well as other controlled substances such as methamphetamines under Health and Safety Code 11379.

Many sale charges are the result of undercover sting operations as well as police surveillance in high-crime neighborhoods. Transportation charges do not require personal possession and often times are the result of traffic stops where drugs are found somewhere in the vehicle or in the possession of one of the passengers.

These offenses are vulnerable to a number of defenses related to the manner in which the evidence was obtained and violations of your constitutional rights. At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, protecting your rights is our number one priority.

DRUG MANUFACTURING:

Health and Safety Code 11379.6 makes it a felony to manufacture, compound, convert, produce, derive, process, or prepare a controlled substance by chemical extraction or chemical synthesis such as operating a meth lab. Convictions under this code carry the most severe penalties of all California’s drug laws. With a possible sentence of up to 7 years in state prison and a $50,000 fine, you do not want to be convicted of this offense. You’ll need an experienced, aggressive drug manufacturing lawyer on your side. Contact us today for the drug crimes defense you need and deserve.

Federal Drug Arrests

According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), there were 31,027 domestic DEA arrests in 2015, up fro 30,035 in 2014. Despite massive efforts, drug related offenses and arrests continue to occur across the country. George Ramos is a skilled drug crimes defense lawyer with over 20 years of experience.

DEA Domestic Arrests

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PROPOSITION 47

On November 5, 2014, Proposition 47, also known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”, went into effect. The Act mandates misdemeanors instead of felonies for particular non-serious, nonviolent crimes, but only applies to certain offenders. In order to for this measure to apply, individuals must not have prior convictions for certain specified violent or serious crimes. The drug crimes that fall under Prop 47’s required misdemeanor sentencing include:

  • Health and Safety Code 11350—Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Health and Safety Code 11357(a)—Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
  • Health and Safety Code 11377—Possession of a Controlled Substance

Proposition 47 may also be utilized by those already serving sentences for the possession crimes listed. If applicable, those individuals currently serving sentences for these drug possession crimes are entitled to petition the sentencing court for a sentence reduction and may also be eligible for immediate release. Prop 47 resentencing, however, does require a thorough review of criminal history, and prior to resentencing, the court will perform a risk assessment to ensure that the individual does not pose a risk to public safety. Petitions may also be filed by those individuals whom have already completed their sentences for a recall of sentence in trial court. All petitions must be filed within three years of when Prop 47 went into effect, though they maybe be filed later upon a showing of good cause.

Don’t let a felony conviction stand in the way of your future. Contact our San Diego drug crimes lawyer today to find out whether you or a loved one are eligible for a sentence reduction under Proposition 47.

 

“Within a matter of of 3 days he got the charge completely rejected. I did not have to go to court and I will have nothing on my record. He is amazing, he promptly responds to your calls and emails to answer any questions you have.” – Jennifer A.

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