Two Controlled Substances Charges Completely Dismissed! One Health and Safety Code section 11377, “Possessing a Controlled Substance” Offense and a Health and Safety Code section 11364, “Possession of Smoking Device” Dismissed Per Penal Code § 1000.3

Recently, in Los Angeles County at the East Los Angeles Courthouse our office successfully negotiated for a complete dismissal of our client’s two controlled substances charges.

Our client hired our office after being charged with violating Health and Safety Code section 11377, “Possessing a Controlled Substance,” and Health and Safety Code section 11364, “Possession of a Smoking Device.” We were able to negotiate to place our client on pre-trial diversion for the charges and our client was ordered to complete a drug program. If our client was to successfully complete the drug program, then the charges would be dismissed.

Our client has had multiple controlled substance related offenses over the past two years and even had another open controlled substance charge at the time that this case was filed by the prosecution.

Recently, our client successfully completed the drug program. The diversion period was originally set to expire in March of 2021. However, the charges were dismissed early pursuant to the new directives announced by newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon.[1] According to District Attorney Gascon, drug and paraphernalia possession offenses pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 11350, 11357, 13364, and 11377 must be declined for prosecution or dismissed before arraignment. District Attorney’s Gascon’s stated purposes for implementing these new directives is to “reimagine public safety and best serve the interests of justice and community well-being.”

This is a great result for our client, especially given that our client is not a United States citizen and the convictions would have caused him serious federal immigration consequences!

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[1] To read the full directives implemented by Deputy District Attorney Gascon visit the following link: