Ventura Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
You Don’t Have to Face Your Charge Alone
If you have been arrested for a drug offense, your future and reputation are on the line. Employers and educational institutions may be turned off by drug crime convictions, which can make it difficult to find work or training opportunities. Additionally, drug crimes hold a negative stigma in our society, which means that you may see your personal life and relationships impacted by your conviction. Furthermore, if you have children and are facing drug charges, social services may take them away from you.
Don’t let a drug crime conviction destroy your life; let our team of defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Bamieh & Erickson, PLC fight for you. We have the experience and resources that you need to feel confident that your case is in the right hands. Attorney Bamieh was named to the list of Super Lawyers® in 2013, a testament to the respect that his peers has for his success and dedication to quality criminal defense. We will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected.
What is a Controlled Substance?
Drug crimes always involve a controlled substance, which is a drug that has been identified and is controlled under various laws. Each state organizes controlled substances into schedules and uses these schedules to help determine sentences for possession, transportation, manufacturing, or sale of each type of drug.
Some of the controlled substances that can result in arrest include:
- Prescription painkillers
Drug crimes can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending on the nature of the crime as well as the type and amount of drug that is involved. Typically, a drug offense like possession that is specific to you will be considered less severe than a drug charge that involves multiple people, the exchange of money, and/or violence.
Common Drug Charges Include:
- Possession for sale
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Depending on the severity of your charge, you may be facing a multitude of penalties, including jail time, heavy fines, probation, and mandatory rehabilitation. The severity of your penalties may also be determined according to your criminal record. First offenders may see sentences of lesser severity than repeat or multiple offenders
Defenses Against Drug Charges
Possession is the most commonly charged drug offense. If you have been arrested for possession in Ventura, we want you to know that you have options. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Bamieh has extensive familiarity with the strategies of the prosecution, and thus, knows how to argue your case effectively. There are numerous defensive arguments that our defense lawyers can make depending on your circumstance.
These include the following:
The drugs were not yours. This is a simple, common argument that pleads innocence. In many scenarios, you may have been completely unaware that the drugs in question existed. For example, if the drugs were found in your apartment, they may have belonged to your roommate or to a guest who accidentally left them there. The burden of proof then lies with the prosecutor, as he or shemust prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the drugs belonged to you.
The police used unlawful procedures. Every citizen is protected from violations of privacy under the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. In regard to drug offenses, search and seizure laws require police officers to have search warrants to search your house, car, or place of business. While drugs found in plain sight may be seized, if they were found after an unlawful search, an effective attorney can fight to have the charges dropped due to a violation of your rights.
Inaccurate identification. Everyone makes honest mistakes, even arresting officers. An officer may misinterpret a substance on your person, in your car, or at your home for an illegal substance, that may actually have been something innocuous. Our team of legal professionals will ensure that the prosecution has accurate and conclusive evidence from crime lab analysis and testing that proves that the alleged drug seized by police officers was, in fact, and illegal substance.
Committed & Honest Representation
Our team at The Law Offices of Bamieh & Erickson, PLC can help you. We will sit down with you to conduct a free consultation and listen to the circumstances of your case. If we believe that we can be of use to you in your case, we will do all that we can to represent you with honesty and fairness. Our team of criminal defense lawyers has been successful in many major cases in the past. You can trust us to fight vigilantly for you.
If You Were Arrested for Narcotics in Ventura or Santa Barbara, Contact Our Defense Attorneys
The unfortunate reality of this nature of charges is that sex crimes are often the result of false accusations and rarely involve witnesses. Behavior may be misinterpreted, or an angry individual may pose as a victim to get revenge against another party or gain the upper hand in a custody case. These cases are extremely hard to defend as they involve substantial he-said-she-said accusations. For this reason, it is essential to have a criminal defense attorney on your side with experience and efficiency.
Our Ventura firm can work with you to understand the circumstances surrounding your case without judgment. We will keep you informed throughout the process and will compile all evidence to see that your rights and your freedoms are protected. If you retain our services, you can feel confident knowing that we will do everything in our power to fight for you. Don’t let your life be tarnished by wrongful accusations of sex offenses; put our highly trusted legal professionals in your corner!