The so-called “war on drugs” has often resulted in aggressive law enforcement and prosecution of drug crimes, unreasonably lengthy sentences and insufficient help for people with addictions. If you are caught with a drug or drug paraphernalia, unequivocally exercise your constitutional rights to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney. The Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC has four decades of experience representing criminal defendants. We are skilled in raising doubt in drug crime prosecutions and at obtaining plea deals that include reductions in charges, minimal jail time, nolle prosequi and drug treatment programs. We are also skilled litigators who do not back down when challenging the prosecution’s evidence at trial in South San Francisco Bay Area courts.
Drug crimes run the range from simple possession for personal use to higher level sales, distribution and manufacturing charges. In addition, the type of drug at issue affects prosecution and sentencing. The most common drug crimes include:
Drugs are classified into schedules according to the government’s classification of their severity. Schedule I drugs have a high risk of abuse and no government-recognized medical use. Cannabis is lumped in with heroin, ecstasy, LSD and mushrooms as a Schedule I drug. Schedule V has low potential for abuse and currently accepted medical applications. The schedules and the lines between possession and sales are often arbitrary, and yet these distinctions have enormous implications. We may, therefore, challenge the classification, amount and the charge itself as part of our strategy.
Depending upon the facts of your individual case, we may seek to have charges reduced from the more serious sale and distribution to possession to reduce your sentence. In some cases, we may be able to have a possession charge dropped or deferred in exchange for your participation in a drug treatment program. This option allows you to get the help you need with your addiction and to avoid a criminal conviction.
Should your case go to trial, our defense attorney demands that the state prove beyond a reasonable doubt all elements of the crime with which you are charged. We may challenge the constitutionality of the search and seizure that exposed the drugs. We may seek to suppress statements made by you after an illegal interrogation. We may also raise doubt as to your very identity and connection to the drugs.
Learn more about your rights in the court of law after being charged with a drug crime. Call the Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC at 650-624-8181 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today. Our South San Francisco-based law firm protects the rights of defendants in the criminal justice system in the Bay Area.