Whether sentenced at the misdemeanor or felony level, drug charges can result in severe consequences, many of which persist long after the sentence has been served. If you have been accused of committing a crime involving illicit substances, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Carson Law Firm can defend your rights during interrogations and in court, while also providing protection from harsh penalties.

Common Types of Drug Charges in California

A variety of drug charges can leave accused individuals at risk of misdemeanor or felony sentencing. Possession is by far the most common of these charges. The consequences of possession charges depend greatly on the substance in question. California’s criminal justice system offers far more leniency for those who possess marijuana than it does for those with methampetamine, LSD, cocaine and other illicit substances. Regardless of the type of drug, sentences tend to be more severe if charges of possession are accompanied with the alleged intent to sell. Other common charges involving drugs include trafficking, manufacturing, distribution and driving under the influence.

Drug Charges and Medical Marijuana

California’s drug policies are already very complicated, but an additional level of complexity has been added with the legalization of marijuana for certain medical purposes. Patients diagnosed with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, arthritis, anorexia or migraines may use medical marijuana if it is prescribed by a qualified medical professional. Regulations and their enforcement change on a regular basis, leaving many of those approved to use medical marijuana feeling vulnerable. If you are charged with cannabis possession despite having received permission to use medical marijuana, it is advisable to get in touch with a lawyer who possesses a thorough understanding of California’s current cannabis policies. Consider reaching out to The Carson Law Firm. Our attorneys will patiently guide you through the complexities of the state’s confusing criminal justice system.

The Carson Law Firm: Proactive Handling For Drug Charges

If you have been accused of possession, manufacturing, distribution, driving under the influence, or any other crime involving drugs, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel from The Carson Law Firm. Our office has worked extensively with a variety of clients charged with drug crimes. We have a wonderful reputation in and around Riverside, thanks to our many successes in the practice area of criminal law. Our attorneys are great advocates to have at your side as you deal with drug charges.