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Get Tough Defense for Your Drug Charges

A drug offense can be as simple as possession of marijuana without a doctor's recommendation or as complex and consequential as federal conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, which is punishable with a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence.

When you retain our Pasadena drug crime attorneys, we get to work:

  • Petitioning for your attendance at a rehabilitation program that could lead to a dismissal of the charges filed against you
  • Thoroughly reviewing the facts of your case to determine the best course of action to take
  • Crafting a creative defense or resolution, no matter your charges

When you hire our criminal defense firm in Pasadena, you can be sure that your case is in experienced and capable hands. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, contact our office now to consult with drug crime lawyer near you.

What Are Common Drug Charges?

Some more severe than others, drug crimes are defined and punished uniquely. Some of the most common drug crimes are:

Drug Paraphernalia Possession

This crime refers to the ownership or possession of paraphernalia for drug use, such as:

  • Bongs
  • Crack pipes
  • Syringes
  • And more

As these items are not illegal to own outright, the court must prove that their sole use was drug-related.

Drug Possession

This is when someone knowingly and willfully possesses an illegal controlled substance. Because possession charges also refer to ownership or access to illegal substances, the drugs do not have to be on your person at the time of the arrest. The court categorizes the crime as either simple possession or possession with the intent to distribute.

Drug Trafficking

Also known as distribution, trafficking charges in California refer to the:

  • Transportation
  • Sale
  • Or import of illegal controlled substances

This crime is a larger, organized version of the distribution charges associated with some possession cases.

The offense typically involves importing drugs, distributing to dealers, and employing an entire production line. Drug trafficking is one of the most severe drug crimes.

Drug Manufacturing

This crime refers to the production, creation, or cultivation of an illegal substance. You can face manufacturing charges for purchasing items with the intent to create drugs, or for offering to help in the production process. Our Pasadena drug crime attorneys can help you navigate your California drug trafficking, manufracturing, or possession charges.

What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in California?

The penalties for drug possession depend on the following factors:

  • Amount of the drug
  • Type of drug
  • Purpose of possessing the drug

If you have been charged with possession you could be facing the following penalties:

  • From 6 months up to one year in jail
  • $500 fine
  • Drug Education course
  • Community Service

California Drug Conviction Sentences

You can face a variety of sentences for your drug crime. Some are less severe misdemeanors, such as paraphernalia possession and drug possession.

You can face up to 1 year of jail time and up to a $500 fine for each of these misdemeanors. Drug trafficking, on the other hand, is a felony. If you are convicted of trafficking, you can face up to in life in prison.

Why Choose Escovar Law, APC?

Steve Escovar is an experienced trial attorney who has brought more than 80 jury trials to verdict. He began his career as a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego, and later, in Los Angeles.

He established his private practice in Pasadena in 1998, and he has served as President of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association (2006) and is an active member of the Mexican American Bar Association.

He has served as "Criminal Justice Act" (CJA) Panel attorney in Federal court. He has also been qualified as Federal Death Penalty Trial Counsel.

Reach Out to Our Pasadena Drug Crimes Lawyer

Were you arrested for a drug crime in California? Contact Escovar Law, APC and speak with a Pasadena drug crimes attorney about your case. We have more than 20 years of experience and can use this insight to defend your future.

Don’t wait any longer! Our drug crime lawyers in Pasadena are here to fight for you. Give us a call at (626) 577-7700 or contact us online to get started!

Why Choose Escovar Law, APC?

  • 10/10 Superb Avvo Rating

  • Named one of Pasadena's Top Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine

  • Nation’s Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)

  • Qualified Federal Death Penalty Trial Counsel – Attorney

  • Former President of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association

  • Featured in CNN Español, Telemundo, and Univision as a legal commenter

  • Free, initial case evaluations for clients

  • Payment plans available