Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Santa Barbara?
Get Defense from a Santa Barbara Criminal Attorney
Drug trafficking or distribution is defined as when a person or group is
transporting, selling, manufacturing, or delivering controlled substances.
While this term encompasses a broad range of matters, generally, anyone
who is arrested for this crime could face felony charges, which carry
harsh penalties. This could include a minimum of three to five years in
prison, and even life imprisonment for the most severe of offenses. For
this reason, if you or a loved one has been charged with drug trafficking,
you need to reach out to a Santa Barbara
criminal defense attorney right away.
The penalties could be enhanced based on other factors carried out during
trafficking, such as:
- If minors were involved
- If the accused person has a previous criminal history
- If the crime was carried out with other types of criminal offenses
- If the trafficking occurred in a restricted area, such as a school
- If the accused person was found transporting drugs and other controlled
substances prohibited by the Controlled Substances Act
Understanding Controlled Substances
The government classifies certain substances as “controlled,”
meaning that the law governs how those substances will be used and distributed.
The type of drug, as well as the amount, are some of the elements that
ultimately factor into how severe the penalties may be.
There are also different categories that each drug falls under, which are
called “Schedules,” and vary based on the tendency for someone
to abuse or use beyond what is accepted medically. Schedule I drugs are
considered the most likely to be abused. Some examples of Schedule I drugs
may include heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and cocaine.
Were You Accused? Get an Attorney on Your Side!
Appel & Morse is a husband and wife team of Santa Barbara
drug attorneys. We are fully devoted to protecting your legal rights, and we do that
through tenacious, aggressive advocacy. The courtroom can be an intimidating
place, but we are here to make sure that you understand every step of
the trial process. You should have nothing to fear from here on out when
you choose us to fight for you.
To get started, schedule a free consultation—(805) 467-6060!