Drug distribution charges are serious business
If you’ve been arrested for drug distribution, then you are facing a serious charge, one that demands your full attention. A conviction in this instance can be life changing, and you could face significant fines and jail time.
Under the California Health & Safety Code, state and local officials take a dim view on the sale, transport and importation of marijuana, narcotics, and prescription drugs. This is especially true when minors are involved. State law adds a layer of harsher penalties for adults who involve minors in drug-related activities such as trafficking and distribution, or those who are involved in distribution within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or other areas where children congregate during normal hours of operation.
There are two basic defenses when someone has been charged with attempting to sell drugs or otherwise distribute them.
- The first is claiming possession of the drugs in question were for personal use. Obviously, if you are caught with a significant amount of drugs, this one will be especially hard to prove.
- The second defense is entrapment. Law enforcement officials are sometimes overly zealous in their pursuit of drug distribution crimes, and if they did not follow procedures within the confines of the law, you may be able to have your case dismissed for procedural reasons.
Penalties for controlled substance distribution are harsh. Defendants are usually charged with a felony and can face a sentence of three to five years. Transporting to a non-contiguous county can increase the maximum sentence to up to nine years. Similar sentencing will result when minors are involved. Sentencing for marijuana distribution is somewhat less harsh, but can still result in a sentence of up to four years. The only exception is when one ounce of marijuana or less is involved, in which case a defendant charged with distribution may receive a misdemeanor penalty and a fine of no more than $100.
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