Modesto Drug Trafficking Attorney
California Drug Trafficking Laws
In an effort to try to remove dangerous drugs from society, California
law has expressly forbidden 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 drug trafficking 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 and ask to receive a
free initial consultation!
California Drug Trafficking Laws: HS 11379 a felony
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.
What is Considered Drug Trafficking in CA?
Actions that could be considered drug trafficking include:
- Distribution or sale
Is Drug Trafficking a Federal Crime?
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 the 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.
California 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 drug trafficking lawyer.
Contact the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner now!