Drug Trafficking Charges in Modesto

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In an effort to try to remove dangerous drugs from society, California law has expressly forbid the possession and transportation of drugs with the intent of selling them, importing or exporting them, or otherwise distributing them without permission. Drug trafficking crimes can lead to serious charges and life-changing consequences if you are convicted, meaning you should not hesitate to retain a Modesto criminal defense attorney who can help you combat your accusations.

As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mark Girdner gained valuable experience in not only the practice of criminal law, but into the mind and strategies of prosecutors. This same experience now gives him an edge when developing a hard-hitting and impactful criminal defense for your case. Attorney Girdner understands that in many cases those facing criminal charges are not bad people, just those caught in a bad situation, and he fights to help you maintain your rights and freedoms to the fullest possible extent. We are motivated by your success, Mr. Girdner and his team give you the respect and understanding you deserve through every step of your case.

If you are facing drug trafficking charges, call the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner now at 209.326.1533 and ask to receive a free initial consultation!

Drug Trafficking Laws: HS 11379

Drug trafficking is covered under California Health and Safety Code Section 11379 which prohibits several actions pertaining to controlled substances. The part that surprises most people when it comes to drug trafficking is that it doesn’t include just extremely dangerous hard drugs like methamphetamines or heroin, but substances that are entirely legal when they are prescribed by a doctor.

Actions that could be considered drug trafficking include:

  • Transportation
  • Distribution or sale
  • Manufacturing
  • Possession

Drug trafficking could also be considered a federal crime under 21 U.S.C. § 841, meaning you could face even heavier penalties in federal criminal court. Federal authorities are more likely to get involved when you are accused of transporting large amounts of illegal substances, transporting or illegal distribution across state or international borders (such as importing substances from Mexico), or if you are suspected of selling drugs in an area under heavy federal surveillance.

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Drug trafficking charges are considered “wobbler” crimes, which means they could be filed either as misdemeanor or felony charges. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, you could face up to a year in prison, and your fine will most likely be smaller. Felony charges are usually reserved for larger cases, including larger amounts and more dangerous and abuse-prone substances. In these cases you could face multiple years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Federal drug trafficking charges are even more severe, with life imprisonment and fines as large as $10 million being possible for a first offense! These are reserved for extreme situations, but the penalties you could be facing as a result of your charges could still nonetheless be life changing.

Get help with your drug trafficking charges from a Modesto criminal defense lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner now!