Drug Trafficking Charges in Modesto
Fight Back; Call a Modesto Criminal Defense Lawyer
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:
- Distribution or sale
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!