Drug Distribution & Trafficking Lawyer in San Diego
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The distribution of all controlled substances is an ongoing focus of law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels, particularly because of San Diego's close proximity to the Mexican border. With the Mexican border and the easy access to the U.S., these agencies are involved in the task of identifying, arresting and charging any person who is believed to be in the illegal drug trade.
Two areas of great interest to the authorities are the following:
- Importation: The importation of drugs over the U.S. border
- Distribution: The act of selling, distributing or trafficking drugs (in particular large quantities)
Attorney James N. Dicks is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist who has a history as a narcotics investigator and who has more than 30 years' experience in law. His aggressive approach has garnered him a reputation in the area as a prominent San Diego criminal lawyer.
Drug Importation Crimes Targeted by the DEA
Drug importation and distribution occur in a variety of ways. California has specific problems and issues, which means they continue to crack down hard on the "war against drugs."
The DEA heavily targets and deals with crimes involving the following:
- Large quantities of low-grade marijuana smuggled into California from Mexico
- The drug MDMA imported mostly from Asian drug organizations
- Mexican black tar heroin imported into California, usually in amounts under 5 pounds
- Importation of numerous types of drugs at once
- The importation of foreign prescription drugs, not approved by the FDA
Drug importation is a charge that should be taken seriously. Even a charge of importing or attempting to import marijuana can equal a state prison sentence of up to four years.
Charged with Drug Distribution? Get Aggressive Defense.
You may not even realize the types of drugs you were handling could be considered illegal. Even letting a friend use your prescription drugs could land you in serious legal trouble.
Drug distribution and trafficking can include any type of controlled substance, including:
- Prescription Drugs
- Methamphetamines (Meth)
- Club Drugs (ex: Ecstasy)
If you have been charged with drug distribution for any of the above mentioned substances, you need to act fast to protect your rights. Get our San Diego drug crime attorney on your side today!
Penalties for Drug Distribution in California
The penalties imposed by the court will be based upon California sentencing guidelines. Those with a prior criminal record get enhanced penalties. If the crime includes distribution to underage individuals or any weapons were involved, the penalties are also enhanced.
Felony distribution of marijuana can involve two to four years in state prison, while distribution of cocaine can mean up to five years in state prison. Distribution of substances that are used to manufacture meth or PCP can lead to six years in state prison in a conviction. Each drug has a threshold amount over which the penalties increase.
Helping You Create a Strategic Defense
In any drug crime case, the main thing threatening your freedom is the evidence law enforcement has collected. This may include the actual drugs, any drug paraphernalia, call logs, text messages, and more. Therefore, it is usually the primary goal of your drug crimes attorney to have this evidence suppressed or have its method of acquisition questioned. We may be able to prove an illegal search and seizure took place or another instance where your constitutional rights were violated.
Specific sentencing for any drug transportation charge will depend on:
- The amount of drug
- The type of drug
- Any previous offenses on your record
- The location where the crime took place (near a school, playground, etc.)
Call on JD Law for Proven Representation
Drug importation is a problem that California law enforcement, in accordance with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), is working to interrupt the flow of. If you have been accused of drug importation, San Diego criminal defense attorney James N. Dicks may be able to help you.
When you work with JD Law, you can be confident knowing that:
- We have more than three decades of experience.
- Our founding attorney is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist.
- Attorney James N. Dicks is a former police and narcotics investigator.
- We have tried hundreds of criminal cases.
By using a defense such as illegal search and seizure, we may be able to have the evidence against you suppressed and may even be successful in having your charges dropped altogether. Our experience on both sides of the law gives us a serious edge over even the toughest prosecution.
Concerned about your charges? Find out how to defend your case by contacting our firm.