Drug Crimes Attorney in Indio
Legal Advocate for Those Accused of Drug Offenses in Palm Desert
At the Law Offices of Anastacio De La Cruz, we help those who have been arrested and charged with all types of drug crimes. We believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and that you deserve reliable legal defense to help fight your charges. With our Indio drug crime lawyer on your side, you can be confident we will explore every lawful avenue to protect your rights and freedoms.
Various Types of Drug Offenses
Drug crime law covers a broad spectrum of offenses, proceedings, and penalties. In general, a drug crime is an offense that involves the unlawful use or possession of a controlled substance. This includes any illicitly used drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, as well as prescription medications.
There are several different types of drug crimes, including:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Distribution or sale
- Cultivation or manufacturing
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Drug Crime Penalties
In California, drug offenses are taken very seriously and often prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is a range of possible penalties a person convicted for a drug crime could face. The specific punishment ordered by the court is based on several factors, including the type and amount of substance involved, the nature of the crime, where the drug violation occurred, and the defendant's criminal history.
Serious drug offenses are charged as felonies, while lesser crimes are prosecuted as misdemeanors. If charged as a misdemeanor, the maximum penalties typically include up to 1 year in jail a $1,000 fine. Felonies, on the other hand, often incur hefty fines and could lead to a prison sentence of several years or even decades.
Defending Against Drug Charges
If you have been accused of a drug offense, a range of potential defenses could be employed to fight your charges. Some strategies may involve challenging the evidence the prosecution team brings against the defendant. Others may focus on making an affirmative defense. An additional defense tactic is to point out any procedural errors that were made that violated the defendant's rights.
Common defenses to drug charges include:
- Lack of possession
- The drugs belong to someone else
- The drugs were planted
- The drugs are missing
- Crime lab analysis results
- Illegal search and seizure
Our experienced criminal defense lawyer will analyze your case and build a solid legal strategy for your particular situation.
When facing charges for a drug crime, it is important to work with a legal team that takes the matter seriously. At the Law Offices of Anastacio De La Cruz, we work tirelessly to protect our clients' rights and futures. You can count on us to provide reliable criminal defense, even amid the most difficult circumstances.
“Mr. Anastacio De La Cruz is one hell of a good lawyer. He got my felony's vacated, and now I can go on with my life without that holding me back.”- William C.
“He's a very smart man. I strongly refer him to everyone's friends and family. He has helped me out it in two major cases, DUI and child custody.”- Junior M.
“I had five cases and he dismissed four of them with zero payment, no deductible, or points on my license. I absolutely recommend him.”- Francisco M.