Drug Possession Lawyer in Ventura
Get The Defense You Need To Fight Your Charges
Approximately 1/3 of prisoners currently in California state prisons are
serving time for drug-related offenses. In county jails, that percentage
is even higher. In many cases, an arrest may even be avoided altogether
if the person accused simply knows their rights.
Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess
illegal controlled substances such as:
- “club drugs"
These laws also criminalize the possession of “precursor” chemicals
used in drug cultivation and manufacturing, as well as certain accessories
related to drug use.
If you or someone you love has already been charged with a drug crime,
Christopher P. Welch has experience helping people just like you.
Call his Ventura defense firm today and get a free consultation!
Determining Penalties for Possession
Drug possession laws vary according to drug type, amount, and geographic
area of the offense. Possession of small quantities may be deemed “simple”
possession, while possession of large amounts may result in a charge of
presumed “possession with intent to sell.”
The US and California Constitutions give individuals the right to refuse
certain searches, to avoiding answering questions, and to have an attorney
present. Knowing these rights can help avoid trouble with the law in the
first place. These laws are complicated, but Chris Welch is able to answer
basic questions in a free consultation. More information is available on the
Know Your Rights page.
Possession: An attorney can challenge how the drugs or drug-related equipment was
found. An improper search or seizure can result in dismissal of a case.
Often the District Attorney has a difficult time proving whom the drugs
Under the influence: An experienced attorney knows how to request and interpret complicated
lab results to determine whether flaws in the equipment or a break in
the chain of custody could have resulted in an error.
Sales: Similar to possession, sales and sales related charges can also have opportunities
to win based on search and seizure issues. It is often difficult for the
District Attorney to prove whether drugs are for sale or for personal use.
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free consultation with our Ventura drug crimes lawyer.