Drug Cultivation Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
Drug cultivation (CA Health & Safety Code Section 11358) refers to every person who plants, cultivates, harvests dries, or processes any marijuana or any part thereof, except as otherwise provided by law.
Ramifications of Drug Cultivation
Many people are under the false impression that they can legally grow their own marijuana if they possess a medical marijuana prescription. ATTENTION: The Federal government does not recognize the legal possession or growth of marijuana for medical purposes. The Supreme Court has overruled state medical marijuana laws. Therefore, growth or cultivation of marijuana, even for medical purposes, is still regarded as a Federal Crime.
Citizens who may be involved in the possession or distribution of drugs are favorite targets of prosecutors because drug convictions tend to be easier to get than other types of crimes. The prevalence of drug use leads many people to assume drug charges are minor, “victimless” crimes.
On the contrary, drug crimes have among the most aggressive sentencing guidelines in the criminal justice system. Even minor possession charges can result in a criminal record, loss of your drivers’ license and difficulty in keeping or getting jobs. Convictions on possession of controlled substances or on selling or trafficking drugs can result in long prison times with mandatory sentencing guidelines. This is why drug charges must be fought with an extremely skilled and vigorous defense.
Los Angeles Drug Charge Attorneys at Lewin Law Group Can Help!
The most common approach to drug crimes defense is to get the charges dismissed or substantially reduced without a trial. Pre trial defense strategies usually center around the suppression or handling of evidence. This requires more than just knowledge of the law. It requires specific experience in drug related defense strategies backed by forensic experts who can conduct the research necessary for a successful defense.
Drug charges are aggressively prosecuted and carry severe penalties. Just a few grams of some substances can result in years in prison.
Unlike many other types of crimes, drug charges can result in federal prosecution. The federal government has an entire agency dedicated solely to pursuing drug convictions. It is critical that you determine whether you are facing federal charges or under federal investigation. Even a charge made by your state can later be handed to the federal government. If so, you need a Los Angeles drug charge attorney experienced in the Federal Court System.
Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have a long track record of dramatic results in drug cases. Our defense strategies and our cadre of experienced drug trial attorneys at both the state and federal level have saved our clients years of prison time. Call us today at (800) 458-1488.