If you have been arrested for a drug offense in Orange County, California then it is time to take things very seriously. If you want a case dismissal or reduced charges, then it is absolutely vital that you get a lawyer immediately.
Unless you have a prescription for medical marijuana, conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana can produce consequences that can affect future employment and may even result in a suspension of your California Driver's License.
Although public opinion and social attitudes are warming up to relaxing certain laws, you should expect that any drug arrest in Southern California will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Defendants who have been arrested and face charges for possession, sale, or transportation of illegal substances can face very high fines and years in prison.
In most communities in Orange County, you will not be arrested for a minor marijuana possession unless there are other circumstances related to your case. Arrest is even less likely if you have a legitimate prescription for medical marijuana. However, you are at risk for steep fines, property forfeiture, and prison for large-scale transportation and distribution an illegal substance.
Stull & Stull is led by Adam Stull, a former deputy district attorney. He has experience consulting with police officers and opposing counsel. He has spent considerable amount of time prosecuting misdemeanor and felony offenses involving marijuana as well as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, DMT, Ecstasy, opium and other narcotics. His decades of experience will be very valuable in giving you an aggressive and effective legal defense.
If you are serious about obtaining a case dismissal or receiving a substantial reduction for your charges, then your next move is obtaining experienced and aggressive legal counsel that will provide you with the best possible outcome.
The Law Offices of Stull & Stull has more than 45 years of combined criminal trial experience in Orange County as well as Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Kern, Tulare, Fresno and Ventura counties. The Law Office of Stull & Stull is based in Laguna Hills, California.
After arrest for a drug offense in California, you are handcuffed and transported to the County Jail. Personal items may be confiscated, such as jewelry, money, and other valuables. They will be kept in a safety deposit box until your release.
You will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may be interrogated by police officers who will ask you for your legal name, birth date, license information and more. They may also ask you about the circumstances about your arrest. Your answers will be recorded or noted as preliminary evidence in court. You will be subjected to drug testing and drug abuse. You may be interviewed or observed by a Drug Recognition Expert who will look for signs of drug abuse. Your personal information and the arrest record will be posted on public databases that are used for background checks by employers, landlords, loan officers, and others.
You've probably heard about Miranda Rights in the movies or on a television show. This is one part of fantasy law that is usually very accurate. You have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to call for legal representation. Most important, anything that you do or say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Depending upon the circumstances of your arrest in California, your arrest could be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. For instance, you may see federal charges if there were aggravating circumstances involved in your arrest. If you are convicted, jail or prison time is weighed on the severity and number of circumstances charged against you.
The "circumstances" may include the number of different drugs, quantity of drugs found, prior convictions, proximity to certain protected zones (school), and whether there was another crime committed, like a robbery, burglary, or assault.
Courts determine punishment on a case-by-case basis. You could receive:
You need a California criminal defense lawyer who will review your situation to determine what actions should be taken. There could be facts that may bring about a dismissal. It is possible that a plea agreement is the best option. It may also be possible that the only route is to take your case to court. Consultations with a criminal defense attorney must occur before making any decision about a plea agreement and/or on taking your case to trial.
As criminal defense attorneys, it’s our job to make sure that every possible drug crime defense is used to defend our clients. Police officers make mistakes, and some of those mistakes can lead to case dismissals and not guilty verdicts. In our analysis of your case, we may find:
With assistance from highly trained and experienced criminal attorneys, illegally obtained evidence, haphazard police work, or common mistakes by officers at the scene a crime can result in a dismissal of all charges.
We have prepared additional articles concerning drug charge defense. You may also contact our office for free consultation for a current legal matter.