Drug Crimes

Drug Possession & Sales

Drug charges are serious matters, which is why you need a serious criminal defense lawyer on your side. Many drug arrests occur when the police witness a drug transaction or search a person and find drugs on their person, their personal effects, or in their car. Searches and seizures are highly problematic issues for prosecutors. While the police are generally very knowledgeable about the law and understand the parameters of a legal search, they are often very zealous about uncovering crime and may go beyond the bounds of what is constitutionally permissible in conducting a search. When evidence of drugs is obtained from an unlawful search, we work to have that evidence suppressed or even have the charges dropped or case against you dismissed.

Even where the police have witnessed a drug transaction, these transactions typically occur at night or in dark or secluded areas, making positive identification difficult. Did the police truly witness an illicit transaction, and did they identify you or mistake you for someone else? These are very real issues that should be explored and presented to the jury where applicable.

Contact the Law Office of Joan Stephens if you have been charged with any of the following:

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Possession of Marijuana for Sale
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale
  • Drug Trafficking

Even where a conviction is unavoidable, we may be able to help you secure the best possible outcome, including alternatives to incarceration, such as, drug treatment programs. We will also work to minimize the impact of any arrest or conviction on your record. If you have been arrested for a drug offense, don't despair, and don't give up without a fight. Contact the Law Office of Joan Stephens for a free consultation.

In California, sentences for conviction of a drug crime carry extremely harsh punishment and often include fines, asset forfeiture, registration as a narcotics offender and jail or prison time, so it's essential that you act decisively by assembling a strong defense team.

Some California drug cases should be taken to trial, while others may be favorably resolved with a skillfully negotiated plea bargain that may result in alternative sentencing. Some forms of alternative sentencing that may be available to help you avoid incarceration in a California drug case include deferred entry of judgment (DEJ), Proposition 36, and drug court.

A California drug charge can negatively impact every part of your life, but fortunately you can aggressively fight your case with the help of a skilled attorney.