Drug "trafficking" is a common term for what the California Health and Safety Code refers to as transporting controlled substances, generally with the intention to sell them illegally. Specifically, the law prohibits "selling, transporting, administering, giving away, and furnishing any controlled substances." This prohibition includes transportation of narcotic drugs without a written prescription by a doctor.
Felony Crimes And Their Penalties
Whether an offense involves transportation into the state from another state or between counties within California, drug crimes of this type are considered felonies. Penalties range from three to nine years in state prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
Criminal courts generally assume that transportation of large amounts of controlled substances implies intention to sell. Cases involving large quantities of illegal drugs are often prosecuted as federal crimes. A strong defense strategy may include arguments that a defendant's possession of a substance did not demonstrate intent to sell.
The Importance Of Prompt Legal Advice
If you or a loved one has been charged with drug transportation, do not wait to retain legal counsel. As career defense attorneys, we are interested in protecting your constitutional rights as the first priority, as well as preventing damaging consequences of a conviction in your life, including:
- Stiff fines
- A criminal record
A drug offense conviction on your record can make it difficult or impossible for you to follow your chosen career path. You may be unable to get a student loan. These are a couple of common negative repercussions that we work to help clients avoid at Grew & Kim.
Contact Our Drug Trafficking Attorneys In Santa Ana
Our defense lawyers await your call. We are here to advise and represent the accused. Call 866-416-2161 or email us to schedule your initial consultation.