Ventura Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
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Being charged with a drug crime can be a frightening experience. Depending on a number of factors, drug crimes can range from simple infractions to misdemeanors, felonies, and serious federal crimes.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a drug crime in Ventura County or any of the surrounding communities, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf.
Drug Charges & Penalties
Drug crimes generally involve the production and sale of illegal substances, which can include everything from serious street narcotics to regulated prescription medications. Examples of the drug crime cases we handle include:
- Cultivation & Manufacturing
- Distribution & Intent to Distribute
- Sales & Intent to Sell
- Federal Drug Charges
Penalties for drug offenses will vary considerably from case to case. Although most cases are unique, these penalties are often severe, and often have the potential to result in long-term consequences. Drug crime penalties will vary depending on several factors:
- The charge
- The amount and type of substance
- A defendant's criminal history
Alternative Sentencing Options
Drug charges are a unique set of crimes, as they are most often non-violent offenses. Because many drug offenses are viewed as non-serious, victimless crimes, jurisdictions throughout the country - including Southern California - have taken an approach of shifting drug crime punishment from stiff penalties to rehabilitation and leniency. This means many people charged with drug offenses are able to pursue alternative sentencing options.
Alternative sentencing options - which may include Prop 36, Penal Code 1000, and other drug diversion programs - can allow certain offenders to complete treatment programs instead of serving time in jail. In some cases, these programs also allow offenders to maintain a clean record!
Let Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP Protect Your Future
If you were accused if possessing, cultivating, manufacturing, selling, or distributing drugs, it is crucial that you seek help from and experienced Ventura drug crime defense attorney immediately. The consequences for such crimes have the ability to alter a person’s life forever and can lead to hefty fines, serious prison or jail sentences, extended periods of probation, and many other penalties. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our legal team possesses a deep understanding of criminal defense law and has the experience to fight for your rights both inside and outside the courtroom.
To speak with a Ventura drug crime lawyer about your case, call our office today!