Accused of Drug Possession in Santa Barbara?
Our Santa Barbara Drug Attorneys Are Prepared to Fight
Facing drug possession charges? You may be aware that California law places
substantial penalties on anyone
accused of a drug crime. Penalties for possession charges can range, depending on the type and
the quantity of the drug, and may be considered either a misdemeanor or
a felony based on these.
Are you facing possession charges? Protect yourself and
call Appel & Morse today to look into your case today!
How the Law Defines Possession
The legal definition of “possession” does not necessarily mean
that the person has the drugs with them in their pocket or even a purse.
You can still be punished if you have control of the drugs in question,
even if it is not located in your vicinity.
Our Santa Barbara drug crime attorneys have seen convictions for “constructive
possession,” of drugs, meaning the person has knowledge of the location
of the drugs and also has control over where it is being taken or how
it is being used.
What Are the Penalties?
The government classifies drugs according to “Schedule,” starting
from Schedule I to Schedule V and is rated based on its potential for
abuse and medicinal value. For example, marijuana is considered a Schedule
I drug because it is widely thought to have a high chance of being abused.
There are also different types of possession. Simple possession can be
charged as a misdemeanor, whereas possession with the intention of selling
or distributing the drug can be charged as a felony.
Penalties one could face include:
- Misdemeanor: up to 6 months imprisonment and $500 fine
- Felony: up to 1-3 years imprisonment, and $1000 or more in fines
Fortunately, there may be defenses to your case if it can be proven that
the evidence cannot justify the charges against you; for example, you
may have been unaware that you were in the vicinity of the drug. The burden
of proof lies with the prosecution which must have proof to link you to
Fight Your Charges and Call Us Today!
The Santa Barbara
criminal defense lawyers
Appel & Morse have
30 years of collective trial experience fighting to protect the rights and reputations of clients. We know that
you are going through a difficult time dealing with your criminal charges,
but rest assured that we are ready to protect your rights. Through the
years, we have gained many successful case outcomes for clients.
Get our aggressive lawyers on your case and call us today to schedule your