If you have been arrested for or charged with a drug offense, it is vital to reach out to a skilled San Diego drug crime attorney sooner rather than later. A drug crime conviction may adversely affect your employment, your finances, and your reputation. Roseline D. Feral has compiled nearly three decades of experience as a criminal defense lawyer. She can help you understand your rights and guide you through every step of the legal process, using her knowledge of the justice system’s complexities and the nuanced issues that may arise in drug cases.Protecting Your Rights When Facing Prosecution for a Drug Crime
Drug offenses range in severity from misdemeanors like possession of marijuana to felonies like drug trafficking and the sale of narcotics. Sentences and fines also vary according to the severity of the charge. Our firm can defend Southern California residents against all types of drug charges, including:
- Drug possession;
- Possession with intent to sell;
- Possession of drug paraphernalia;
- Drug distribution;
- Marijuana cultivation;
- Operation of a meth lab;
- Drug trafficking; or
- Drug manufacturing.
Searches and the collection of evidence, such as the allegedly illegal substances themselves, often play a key role in drug cases. If your arrest stemmed from an unlawful search of your car or home, for example, your criminal attorney may be able to file a motion for the suppression of evidence, which might lead to a dismissal or reduction of the charge. This is based on a principle known as the “exclusionary rule.”
Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as California law, people have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the police. This means that your home, vehicle, and person, as well as any other area where a citizen would have a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” may not be searched without probable cause to believe that criminal activity is occurring and a valid search warrant issued by a judge. There are certain exceptions to the warrant requirement that are recognized by both federal and California courts. For example, evidence obtained during a warrantless search may be admissible if the search was conducted with an individual’s voluntary consent, assuming that they had the authority to give consent, or if the evidence was in “plain view” of the police while they were conducting an otherwise lawful search.
There are also other legal defenses that may be relevant to your case, such as lack of ownership or possession of the substance, personal use, necessity or the defense of others, and entrapment. Only after a lawyer has meticulously examined the circumstances of your arrest or charge will they be able to determine which of these defenses may be appropriate to assert.Consult a Drug Crime Attorney in San Diego or Surrounding Cities
A drug conviction may have serious consequences for your life, even if the charge is relatively minor or you have no criminal record. You can trust that San Diego drug crime lawyer Roseline D. Feral will carefully investigate the facts of your case and explore your full range of options. She can represent defendants in cities such as Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla, Oceanside, Escondido, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista. You can contact us online or call our office at 619-232-1010 to set up an appointment. Alternatively, you may reach Attorney Feral directly at 619-301-1191. She also can assist people who are seeking a DUI lawyer or assistance in fighting other types of charges.