Santa Monica Drug Distribution Lawyer
Drug Crime Attorney in Santa Monica
The police in Santa Monica, Malibu, Westwood, and Venice are aggressively waging the war on drugs, and if you have been arrested for the distribution or sale of any type of controlled substance you will face harsh criminal penalties.
The sentence in a distribution drug crime case depends on the quantity and type of drug, as well as your prior criminal record. You can expect to receive up to 5 years in state prison and as much as $20,000 in fines. You will also have a felony on your criminal record, which can prevent you from being hired in the future.
There are many ways to fight the accusation of drug distribution and sales. In some cases, it is possible to argue that the drugs were not intended for distribution, but were for personal use. This could result in a reduction to a charge of possession. You may also be able to demonstrate that your arrest was the result of illegal search and seizure, a violation of your Constitutional rights. If the police officer didn't have a warrant or probable cause to investigate, the whole case could be thrown out on grounds of inadmissible evidence. Each case is unique, and the best thing you can do right now is to secure the representation of a seasoned Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer. Anything you say to investigators at this point could incriminate you further, so don't talk about your case without your lawyer present.