Drug trafficking charges should never be taken lightly because a drug trafficking conviction may severely undermine a person’s life. Penalties for drug trafficking in California are often harsh, especially if you have any prior convictions. If you have been charged with drug trafficking, it is critical that you do not take any chances. You should not delay in reaching out to a skilled San Diego drug trafficking lawyer who can review your case. With nearly 30 years of experience, drug crime attorney Roseline D. Feral understands how high the stakes are in these types of cases, and she can vigorously protect your rights at every step of the way.Fighting Charges of Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking refers to the trade or dealing of illicit drugs or the sale or exchange of controlled substances. If you take a drug such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, opium, or any other narcotic even a short distance, you may be charged with violating Section 11352 of the California Health and Safety Code. This law prohibits the following actions:
- Transporting illegal drugs with the intent to sell them;
- Importing illegal drugs into California;
- Selling drugs;
- Giving controlled substances away;
- Administering illegal drugs; or
- Offering to do any of the above acts.
Before 2014, the transportation of a controlled substance included taking drugs somewhere for personal use. Since then, the law has changed. Under Section 11352, transporting drugs is now a crime if you move drugs from one place to another place with the intent to sell them.
Individuals charged with drug trafficking may be prosecuted for violating both California and federal laws. The punishment for drug trafficking will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the defendant’s age, the type of drug involved, the amount of drugs involved, any prior criminal convictions, the defendant’s current probation status (if any), and more. A drug trafficking attorney in San Diego can help you determine the scope of the penalties that you may be facing and advise you on the pros and cons of a plea bargain.
Typically, however, penalties for drug trafficking include jail time of anywhere from one year to life in prison, monetary fines, mandatory drug offender registration, ineligibility for certain public benefits, the suspension or revocation of a professional license, and deportation if you are not a citizen of the U.S. It is important to note that if the drug trafficking caused a death or an injury, the penalties may be even tougher.
In every drug trafficking case, the government has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest standard in the legal system and requires the government to prove each element of the crime to a degree that would leave jurors with a conviction that the defendant is guilty.
However, just because a person has been charged with drug trafficking does not mean that they are guilty. There are a number of defenses that may be applicable in a defendant’s case, including an argument that the drugs were for the defendant’s personal use, and there was no intent to sell. The defendant may not have offered to sell or transport the drugs, the defendant’s intentions may have been mistaken or misunderstood, the drugs may have been discovered through an illegal search or seizure, or there may have been entrapment or other police misconduct.Contact a Drug Trafficking Lawyer in San Diego or Surrounding Cities
Being charged with a drug crime means that your rights and freedom are at stake. If you have been charged with drug trafficking, it is vital to contact a criminal defense attorney. You can rest assured that we are dedicated to building a strong defense for each client whom we represent. San Diego drug trafficking attorney Roseline D. Feral also assists people in Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla, Oceanside, Escondido, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista. To discuss your case with us at no charge, contact us online or call our office at 619-232-1010. You can also reach Attorney Feral directly at 619-301-1191.