What should you do if you are arrested for drug possession?
California drug possession laws
First, any time you are facing drug possession charges, you need to consult with an experienced defense attorney. If police question you about where you purchased your drugs or if you intended to sell them, you need to avoid answering those questions without your attorney present. You could say something that will make a conviction more likely.
More than likely, you may face only misdemeanor charges for drug possession (because of California’s vote on Prop 47 in 2014). Yet, if you are convicted, you can face one year in county jail. Plus, you likely will face increased penalties if police charge you with the intent to distribute.
Mounting a defense against drug possession charges
Your attorney can mount an aggressive defense against your drug possession charges, hopefully getting them dismissed or reduced. Some of the defenses your attorney might use include:
• Showing that police conducted an unlawful search
• Proving there was a problem with the lab analysis of the drugs
• Showing that police tried to entrap you and didn’t conduct your arrest correctly
Facing drug possession charges can feel overwhelming. You may feel frightened and unsure of what to do. However, with legal help, you can mount a defense against the charges you face and work toward the best outcome possible.