Possession of a Controlled Substance

Our Skilled Modesto Drug Crime Attorney Can Protect Your Rights

Have you been charged with drug possession? If so, it is crucial that you start exploring your defense options immediately. Many accused with this offense believe that just because they were found with controlled substance means that they must plead guilty.

At the Law Offices of Mark Girdner, we don't believe that any citizen should feel pressured to plead guilty until the circumstances of their case are thoroughly assessed by a legal advocate. Attorney Girdner is former deputy district attorney who knows what factors to look for in these cases and has navigated clients to the best possible outcome of their charges.

Want to learn more about your defense options? Contact our firm today to speak with a Modesto drug crime attorney ready to hear your story.

Properly Assessing Your Drug Possession Charge

The seriousness of a drug possession is dependent on many factors (most of which are outlined in California Health and Safety Codes 11350 HS, 11357 HS, and 11377 HS). These factors include the type of substance involved and its quantity. No matter what the circumstances, however, there are other crucial details that need to be assessed by a capable defense attorney.

Critical questions that can challenge a drug possession charge include:

  • What type of possession is it? Actual possession refers to controlled substances being found on the accused's person. Constructive possession (drugs found on the accused's property) is more loosely defined and doesn't always clearly implicate the accused.
  • Was there probable cause? What led the police officers to find the drugs? An illegal search or seizure constitutes a violation of the accused's constitutional rights and should be addressed by the court.
  • Is there a substance abuse consideration? Many caught with drugs on their person need intervention more than they deserve criminal penalties. If there is an addiction issue, there may be diversion program edibility to consider.

No matter what the circumstances of your drug possession charge are, the time to start exploring your legal options is now. Get an experienced legal advocate ready to challenge the state's case against you on your side.

Use our online form to request a free and confidential case evaluation with us today.