Drugs and narcotics laws in Los Angeles, California have tried to keep up with the changing perceptions and real dangers of substance abuse. By 1970, over 55 federal drug laws and countless state laws specified a variety of punitive measures, including life imprisonment and even the death penalty. To clarify the situation, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 repealed, replaced, or updated all previous federal laws concerned with narcotics and all other dangerous drugs.
Most states have laws that give different treatment to possession of different categories of drugs (i.e. prescription drugs, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine), and also make a distinction in the offense charged as to whether a small amount of the drug was found with the defendant (personal use) or a larger amount (intent to sell or distribute, trafficking). A conviction on a drug charge of any magnitude, even a small amount of marijuana, can seriously affect your present and future employment chances, your education, your reputation, and your freedom.
Remember, charges do not equal a conviction. Too many people make the mistake of thinking their lives are over when they are charged with drugs or narcotics possession. While the charges are a serious matter and the penalties you face can be severe, you still have the opportunity to fight to defend yourself. Having an experienced drug and narcotics possession attorney on your side can make a big difference in your case.
Don't give up. Facing the criminal justice system can feel like an overwhelming situation, but you can still fight for a better solution. If you are facing drug or narcotics charges in the Los Angeles, California area and want the knowledge of an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner, call me at the Law Office of Alec Rose PC today to schedule your free consultation.