Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer

When can drug possession charges be legitimately applied?

Drug possession is a common but serious crime that occurs when an individual is found to be in possession of a controlled or other illegal substance such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine or prescription medication that was illegally obtained. When a person is accused of drug possession, it is imperative that they seek experienced legal advocacy right away. Such charges can lead a person to facing the following life-altering consequences:

  • Hefty fines
  • Extensive prison sentences
  • Difficulty renting a home
  • Difficulty securing employment
  • Difficulty applying for loans

At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our legal team understands there is a variety of viable defenses to possession charges. That is why our seasoned Ventura criminal defense lawyers stand ready to discuss those options at your earliest convenience in order to begin building a winning case. Because of the severity of such charges, it important to act quickly.

Discuss your case today with our Ventura drug possession attorneys! We are backed by ample experience.

Understanding Drug Crimes

Drugs are assigned into various schedules according to their level of danger and risk of addiction and abuse. Possession may be charged as a misdemeanor such as in cases of medical marijuana possession for personal use or being under the influence of a drug while no longer in possession of it. Misdemeanors can impose jail time of up to one year plus applicable fines, and these charges may be lessened with the agreement to attend counseling or some other measure if offered by the court. Most drug possession charges in California are a felony, however, and conviction can have some of the most devastating consequences in California state law with offenders sometimes serving life in prison for a third offense under the Three Strikes Law.

For 1st or 2nd offenses of possession of Schedule I, II,III, or IV drugs:

  • Maximum $5,000.00 in fines
  • Up to 1-year jail sentence

For 3rd or subsequent offenses of possession of Schedule I, II,III, or IV drugs:

  • Maximum $20,000.00 in fines
  • Up to 5-year jail sentence and no less than a 1-year jail sentence

For 1st offense of possession of Schedule V drugs:

  • Maximum $5,000.00 in fines
  • Up to 1-year jail sentence

For 2nd or subsequent offenses of possession of Schedule V drugs:

  • Maximum $5,000.00 in fines
  • Up to 5-year jail sentence but no less than 1-year jail sentence

Drug possession charges have the ability to carry serious weight and life-changing penalties. For this reason, it is crucial you seek legal guidance from a seasoned Ventura drug possession attorney as soon as possible. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our legal team is backed by the knowledge and experience to successfully defend your future. When you work with our team, you can rest easier knowing we will always make your needs our priority and do everything in our power to build a strong case for you.

Call Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, and find out how our Ventura drug crime lawyers can fight for your rights and future.

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