Sacramento Drug Lawyer
Defense for Drug Crimes in Sacramento County, CA
If you are facing charges for a drug crime in Sacramento County, it is of critical importance that you get an experienced team on your side. At The Chastaine Law Office, we have more than 32 years of experience in criminal law. There have been many recent changes in the CA law regarding drug offenses. Depending on the type and quantity of drugs at issue, these cases can be prosecuted in either state or federal courts, with dramatically different outcomes. In today’s climate, it is important to have an attorney who can handle both state and federal cases.
Types of Drug Charges in CA
Drugs offenses fall into three categories:
- Manufacture or distribution
- Personal use
Manufacture or distribution normally involves large quantities of drugs or marijuana. These cases tend to be prosecuted in federal court with very high penalties. These cases usually involve extensive investigation, phone taps, and search warrants. In short, these matters are often very complex. Navigating through the Federal Court system is challenging and requires experience and skill.
Sales. Depending on the amounts, this category of cases can be prosecuted by either the Feds or in state court. These cases often involve hand to hand sales and search warrants. These types of offenses can lead to prison sentences.
Personal Use. In California, the emphasis is on treatment. Deferred Entry of Judgement, Proposition 36 Court or Drug Treatment Court may be options in these types of cases. Working with someone who understands treatment is important in obtaining a good outcome.
Representing Individuals Against Drug Crime Allegations
Because of recent changes in the law, drug cases that were previously resolved as felonies may be reduced to misdemeanors. This can make a huge difference in your future. Let us navigate you through this system to have the best possible outcome.