Santa Barbara Drug Possession Lawyer
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California has its own laws and statutes regulating what constitutes drug possession and how it can be prosecuted. What penalties a defendant faces depends largely on the type of drugs and amount involved. If you or someone you love has been arrested for drug possession, speak right away with a Santa Barbara drug crime attorney from our firm to uphold your right to a legal defense.
Appel & Morse are backed with more than 40 years of combined legal experience which we put to use with each case we handle. With a former deputy district attorney on our team, we fully understand how the prosecution works and how we can protect you by undermining their case against you. Trust our husband and wife team to obtain the best possible outcome when your freedom is on the line.
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California Drugs by Schedule
As in most states, California bases prosecution of drug crimes on the category or schedule of the drugs in question, based on their perceived dangerous nature.
Drugs are separated into the following schedules:
- Schedule I—opiates, marijuana
- Schedule II—raw opium, morphine
- Schedule III—pentobarbital, anabolic steroids
- Schedule IV—diazepam, zolpidem
- Schedule V—codeine
Punishments vary widely depending on the amount you are accused of possessing. Drugs don’t have to be physically in your hand or pocket for you to be charged with possession; you can be charged if drugs are within your control, this is they are close at hand and you are aware of their location.
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Possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is only an infraction with no more than $100 in fines. More than this amount can result in up to six months in jail and/or up to $500 in fines. Other factors involved include whether you are 18 years old, as well as whether or not you have a past criminal record.
You need a knowledgeable and aggressive Santa Barbara drug crime lawyer when charged with drug possession. At Appel & Morse we understand how to avoid a conviction. When you risk your freedom, turn to our skilled criminal defense firm!
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.