Los Angeles Drug Crimes

Los Angeles drug crimee

In Los Angeles, the stakes are high when it comes to federal drug crimes. The federal government does not take these offenses lightly. They have the potential to cause widespread harm to communities and individuals.

Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers specialize in defending those accused. Our focus is on providing a vigorous defense for our clients. We always put the needs of our clients first.

Facing a drug crime charge can be daunting and life-altering. It's essential to comprehend the charges themselves. The federal government's resources make a vigorous defense even more important.

We use our deep knowledge of federal drug laws to defend our clients effectively. Learn more about Los Angeles drug crimes below. Then, contact us for a free case consultation.

Why the Federal Government Vigorously Prosecutes Drug Crimes

The federal government aggressively prosecutes drug crimes due to their serious nature. They can have a widespread impact on public health and safety.

Drug abuse and trafficking are linked to other criminal activities and have severe impacts on communities, including economic instability and social decay.

Enforcement of drug laws helps dismantle criminal organizations, fulfill legal and international obligations, and mitigate economic consequences.

Drug crimes often involve large networks that can cross state and international borders, making them a federal priority.

Federal agencies, equipped with substantial resources, focus on dismantling these networks. They strive to reduce the availability of illegal drugs on the streets.

Furthermore, drug crimes are often linked to other criminal activities. These include violence and financial crimes like money laundering.

By prosecuting drug crimes vigorously, the government aims to disrupt criminal enterprises and reduce related illegal activities.

The federal approach involves heavy penalties to deter individuals and organizations from engaging in drug trafficking and manufacturing.

Common Types of Drug Crimes

Common types of drug crimes

Drug crimes can carry varying degrees of legal consequences, depending on factors like the type and quantity of the drug, the nature of the offense, and prior criminal history.

Here are the common types of drug crimes in Los Angeles:

  • Drug possession. Possession of controlled substances without a valid prescription is illegal under federal law. Simple drug possession can lead to harsh penalties, depending on the amount and drug involved. Possession of an illegal substance can lead to stiff penalties.
  • Drug trafficking. This involves the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking is a heavier offense than possession and usually results in higher penalties. Contact us for help with your drug trafficking defense.
  • Manufacturing illegal drugs. Manufacturing illegal substances is a major offense. This includes any part of the production process, from growing plants to synthesizing chemicals.
  • Prescription fraud. Obtaining prescription drugs through forged prescriptions or deceit. This is a growing problem that often leads to federal charges. Prescription drug fraud is always prosecuted vigorously.
  • Drug smuggling. Illegally importing drugs into the United States. Federal agencies like the DEA heavily target drug smuggling.
  • Possession with intent to distribute. Holding large amounts of drugs, typically beyond what one would possess for personal use, suggests drug distribution intent.
  • Drug conspiracy. Agreeing with others to engage in any form of drug trafficking or manufacturing. Even if the drug crime was not completed, conspiracy to commit it is punishable.

What Happens If You Are Charged with a Drug Crime?

If you are charged with a drug crime, typically, charges start with an investigation, which can lead to an arrest if there is enough evidence. Federal agents may monitor suspects for long periods before making an arrest.

Once arrested, you will be formally charged and appear in a preliminary hearing, where the charges will be read to you.

If you are detained, this hearing will determine whether you will be held in jail until your trial. The severity of the drug crime often influences this decision.

Your defense team will receive evidence from prosecutors, including anything that supports your innocence or mitigates the charges.

There may be an opportunity to negotiate a plea deal before the trial, which can sometimes result in reduced charges.

If no plea is agreed upon, the case will go to trial, and both sides will present their evidence and arguments.

If convicted, the sentencing phase will follow, where penalties are imposed based on the specifics of the case and federal sentencing guidelines.

Common Defenses Against Drug Crime Charges

Common defense against drug crime charges
  • Lack of knowledge. One defense is that the accused did not know they possessed the drugs. This can be viable if there is credible evidence to support a lack of awareness.
  • Unlawful search and seizure. If the drugs were discovered during an illegal search, the evidence might be thrown out. This defense hinges on proving that law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Insufficient evidence. Sometimes, the evidence the prosecution provides may not be enough to prove every element of the drug crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This could result in charges being dropped or an acquittal.
  • Entrapment. This defense is applicable if the defendant was induced by law enforcement to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed. Entrapment can be particularly relevant in undercover drug operations.
  • Medical necessity. For cases involving prescription drugs, if the accused can demonstrate a legitimate medical necessity for the drugs, it might reduce the severity of the charges or lead to dismissal.

How We Decide on the Right Defense Strategy for You

Choosing the right defense strategy for a drug crime case involves thoroughly analyzing the facts and evidence.

At Perlman Defense, we start by fully knowing your side of the story and examining the prosecution's evidence for weaknesses. We consider every possible angle to protect your rights and aim for the best possible outcome.

In every case, our team assesses whether constitutional rights were violated, plausible alternative explanations for the accused's actions exist, and the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses.

Our approach is tailored to each client's unique situation, ensuring the defense strategy aligns with their best interests and legal goals.

How Can We Get Evidence Thrown Out?

Challenging the admissibility of evidence is a critical aspect of defending drug crime charges. It may be excluded from the trial if we demonstrate that evidence was obtained illegally without a proper warrant or coercion. This process involves filing motions to suppress evidence before the trial begins.

Furthermore, we scrutinize the chain of custody of the evidence. Any irregularities in how the evidence was handled, stored, or documented can lead to questions about its integrity and admissibility. We aim to ensure that only legally obtained, relevant, and properly handled evidence is used in your case.

Can You Get My Drug Crimes Case Dismissed?

Can you get my drug crimes case dismissed

Getting a drug crime case dismissed is challenging but not impossible. The key is identifying flaws in the prosecution's case, such as procedural mistakes or insufficient evidence.

If these flaws are substantial, they can undermine the case to the point where dismissal is justified. In addition, we explore all avenues, including demonstrating that your rights were violated during the investigation or arrest, which could also lead to a dismissal.

Each case is unique, so our strategies are customized to the specifics of your situation and the evidence at hand.

Consequences of Drug Crime Convictions

The consequences of a drug crime conviction under federal law are tough and can affect every aspect of your life.

Initially, you might face long prison sentences, hefty fines, and the forfeiture of assets. Federal statutes outline strict penalties for drug crimes, especially for trafficking and manufacturing.

Beyond the immediate penalties, a conviction can lead to long-term challenges. These include difficulties in finding employment, loss of civil rights like voting and owning firearms, and major social stigma.

Recognizing these consequences is crucial in appreciating the gravity of vigorously defending against these charges.

What Factors Play a Role in Drug Crime Sentencing?

What factors play a role in drug crime sentencing
  • Type of drug and quantity. Federal sentencing guidelines vary based on the type of controlled substance involved and the amount. More severe penalties are typically associated with drugs that have a higher potential for abuse and larger quantities.
  • Defendant's role in the offense. The role you played in the illegal drug offense influences sentencing. Higher penalties apply to organizers or leaders of drug trafficking operations compared to minor participants.
  • Prior criminal history. Defendants with prior drug convictions often face harsher sentences. Federal guidelines provide for incremental increases in sentence length based on criminal history.
  • Use of weapons. If the drug crime involved the use of weapons, it could lead to enhanced penalties. This factor increases the perceived danger of the offense, warranting stricter sentencing.
  • Cooperation with law enforcement. Defendants who cooperate with law enforcement may receive more lenient sentences. This cooperation can include providing information that leads to the arrest or conviction of other criminal actors.

Is a Plea Bargain Right for My Case?

Deciding whether to accept a plea bargain is a critical decision that should be made with comprehensive legal advice.

At Perlman Defense, we evaluate the strength of the prosecution's case, the potential penalties if convicted at trial, and the specifics of the plea offer to determine if it is in your best interest.

In many cases, a plea bargain can reduce the severity of your penalties. It may also resolve your case quicker, allowing you to move forward with your life.

However, you should know that a plea bargain is an admission of guilt, so we consider it carefully and strategically.

What Options Are Available for Alternative Sentencing?

Alternative sentencing options can help avoid traditional penalties like prison time. These options are particularly relevant for drug offenders who may benefit more from treatment than incarceration.

At Perlman Defense, we explore all alternatives, including drug diversion programs and probation. We can see if a drug diversion program is right for you.

Drug diversion programs are designed to help individuals overcome addiction and reintegrate into society. Successful completion of such programs can often lead to charges being reduced or dismissed.

On the other hand, probation allows you to live in your community under court-imposed conditions instead of serving time in prison.

How Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers Provides a Strong Defense for You

  • In-depth legal knowledge. Our team possesses comprehensive knowledge of both state and federal drug laws. This expertise allows us to navigate the complexities of your case with precision.
  • Personalized legal strategies. We tailor our defense strategies to the specifics of your case, ensuring that we address all facets of the charges against you. Our approach is based on a detailed analysis of the evidence and your personal circumstances.
  • Aggressive advocacy. We advocate vigorously on your behalf, challenging the prosecution at every turn. We aim to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome, whether negotiating a plea or fighting for an acquittal at trial.
  • Support through the process. Facing drug charges can be overwhelming. We provide legal representation and support throughout the legal process, helping you understand each step and what to expect.
  • Focus on results. Our firm is results-driven, focusing on achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. Whether through dismissal of charges, acquittal, or favorable plea agreements, our priority is your freedom and future.

Schedule a Free Case Consultation With Our Los Angeles Drug Crimes Lawyer

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If you are facing drug crime charges, now is the time to seek professional legal help. Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers will defend you. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.

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