Recently, a California gang member was charged with drug trafficking of meth and heroin as well as possession of a firearm. After officers pulled over the man and found the drugs, they obtained a search warrant for his home and found more of the drugs in a trafficking attempt. The member was charged with possession with intent to sell, trafficking, and more. These crimes are extremely serious under California law and are handled as such through the court. If you are charged with drug trafficking, what should you expect from this serious crime?
Drug Trafficking: A Serious Felony
Drug trafficking and distribution is a felony, and is more of a serious crime than just possession itself. However, sometimes the crimes go hand in hand because if you are found to be in possession of drugs and officers believe you had intent to sell, you could see your crime turn into a trafficking charge. Sometimes this will go hand in hand with how many drugs were found at the time of your arrest.
California Health and Safety Code Sections 11351-11379 of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act cover drug trafficking charges and the laws regarding them. The penalties will vary based on the crime. For instance, the transport, import, and transfer of these drugs could result in felony sentencing for 3 to 5 years. Crimes that involve hiring a minor to sell or distribute these substances could result in as much as 9 years in prison. California law also enhances these crimes if they took place within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds while being operated. California, like many other states, models their laws after federal laws for these serious crimes and provide minimum sentencing standards for offenders.
Because drug trafficking is an extremely serious crime that carries penalties like jail time, seized assets, and a ruined reputation, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible about your case. We have experience in a wide variety of defenses for your drug trafficking case, including possession for personal use and entrapment. Call us today for more information on how we can help.