Methamphetamine sales in California and throughout the United States have been a constant for several years. Law enforcement has gone to great lengths to try and curb the use and distribution of crystal meth, but few could have predicted the resilience of those addicted. Whether dealers are using over-the-counter drug smurfs to make their meth at home, or they are smuggling in product from other areas, the ability to distribute methamphetamine is available to anyone with enough resilience to jump through hoops.
Unfortunately, the hoops are very very small, and you have to have an enormous amount of luck, brain, and skill to be a successful dealer. Ninety nine percent of those that try fail and many of those who succeed are murdered. These facts tend to baffle people who do not have an experience with highly addictive substances. “Why on earth would anyone put themselves in so much danger to make a decent wage under miserable circumstance?” (more…)
As the Justice Department eases their hard-nose stance towards schedule I possession offenders, those involved with sales and distribution are seeing increased efforts by law enforcement to attack illegal drug operations closer to the source. Numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies served a dozen search warrants this week resulting in unprecedented seizures of Schedule I narcotics in and around San Diego County.
According to reports, authorities confiscated more than 170 pounds worth of illegal drugs including 30 grams of Marijuana, five pounds of prescribed medications, 14 pounds of heroin, 58 pounds of cocaine, and 93 pounds of methamphetamine. In addition, more than seventy guns and a live grenade were found during the yearlong operation concentrating on the Ramona and Poway areas in Southern California. (more…)
The Justice Department is in the middle of a monumental policy shift that may result in reduced penalties for nonviolent drug offenders across the nation. For decades, our criminal justice system has treated drug possession and sales of any kind as serious criminal offenses that have resulted in a dramatic rise of the population of federal prisons. The new policy will send substantially more drug offenders to participate in drug treatment and community service rather than impose mandatory minimum sentences.
Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today in which he described the current system as a “vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration”. One that has “actually exacerbated the problem rather than alleviate it”. Currently, the federal level is holding 219,000 inmates, nearly half of which are serving time for offenses relating to the possession, sale, or transportation of drugs. (more…)
Drug smurfing is a relatively new concept to the majority of the general public, but law officials and drug attorneys have been aware of the money-making smurf enterprise for some time now. Basically, smurfing is how crystal methamphetamine manufacturers are obtaining the chemicals that they need to make their product. In years passed, crystal meth’s ingredients have been easily obtainable by walking down the cough and cold aisle in almost every grocery store. Now, government regulations require stores carrying products with these chemicals to check Identification cards and record contact information for those who want to purchase them. This has created a new form of criminal: the drug smurf.
Smurfs are paid by crystal methamphetamine cooks and suppliers to drive around to different stores and purchase the different products that they need. Smurfs make around $10 in profit per box. Blanca Bolanos and Concepcion Climaco recently learned the hard way that although drug smurfing may seem like an easy way to make money, the penalties and fines now facing offenders can lead to years in prison. (more…)
Given the abnormal popularity and addictiveness of Methamphetamines, receiving a 11379(a) hs charge against you or a loved one is far more common than anyone would like to admit. California has several areas that are heavily populated by meth users, many of whom are attempting to quit using this powerful and destructive drug, but are simply outmatched by the narcotic’s hold over its users.
If you are facing charges for the use, transport, or distribution of methamphetamine in California, there are several life-altering scenarios that you could experience, but a wide variety of different factors influence different offender’s criminal cases, making it nearly impossible to warn and inform worried newbies as to what they can expect. (more…)
A marijuana possession lawyer is able to put together the best defenses to help lower or dismiss charges against defendants.
As an example, if you’ve been charged with marijuana possession for sale, a lawyer may be able to dispute the so-called evidence of sales, and instead argue that you were in possession of marijuana for personal use only.
The possession of marijuana for personal use carries far less fines that cultivation, transportation or possession for sales. In fact, some defendants of marijuana personal possession may be able to escape jail time by participating in a deferred entry of judgment program.
The same applies for other types of drug possession charges that a lawyer can help with.
Top Legal Defenses for Marijuana Possession
- Certain patients who are sick and who also have a valid prescription for marijuana use are able to pass on criminal charges under the California Compassionate Use Act. Caregivers or guardians of such patients too are usually legally able to keep these medical marijuana within their possession – with a valid prescription and the proof of being the caregiver.
- A defendant found in possession of marijuana could have been unaware of this event. As an example, marijuana could have been stored in a car or bag of a friend or family member – which was loaned to them.
- Another top legal defense that criminal defense lawyers may use, is determining if any police misconduct was at play at the time of arrest.
How to Hire a Orange County Law Firm for Marijuana Possession:
If you’ve been falsely accused of marijuana possession, marijuana possession for sale, a drug defense lawyer can help to prove your innocence. Call MacGregor and Collins at 949-250-6097, or visit 1000 Quail Street, Suite 110, Newport Beach, CA 92660, or call 949-250-6097.
As the use of illegal drugs, as well as, the misuse of prescription drugs are on the rise in Orange County it is no surprise that the sale of such controlled substances also continues to substantially increase. Under California Health and Safety Code 11350, the sale of a controlled substance is a crime and anyone found to engage in such conduct is subject to prosecution.
In order for the state of California to ensure a successful prosecution for the sale of a controlled substance, the state must prove the accused; (1) sold or transported the controlled substance, (2) knew of its presence during the transportation, and (3) knew the nature or character of the substance to be a controlled substance. Furthermore, the state must also be able to show what the controlled substance was in question.
If the prosecution is able to obtain a conviction for the transport or sale of a controlled substance then the severity of an imposed punishment will vary depending upon the offender’s prior criminal history. An Orange County misdemeanor drug sale conviction may result in imprisonment of up to one year in county jail. Whereas, a felony OC drug sale conviction will likely render harsher penalties of imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months to three years, as well as, a probationary period, and a fine of at least $1,000 dollars or community service. However, an offender’s duration of imprisonment substantially increases when it can be shown the accused transported a controlled substance from one county to another for the purposes of sale.
As a result, Orange County drug sale charges are serious matters, which have the potential to lead to severe penalties. It is during these burdensome times that you need legal representation you can count on and we at MacGregor & Collins, LLP, your OC Drug Charges Lawyers, are here to help you. We have over 30 years of criminal defense experience and will fight to reduce your charges. Call us today at (949) 250-6097.
OxyContin is a prescription painkiller, which is most commonly abused by teens and young adults. Typically, medical physicians prescribe OxyContin in order to treat severe pain in patients. However, when this drug is misused it can become highly addictive and lead to dangerous side affects, including death. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, OxyContin is categorized as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means the drug has a high potential for abuse and may lead to psychological or physical dependence. It is important to understand that while OxyContin is a prescription medication, use of this drug without a prescription is considered a crime. Thus, under California Health and Safety Code 11377, anyone found to be in possession of OxyContin without a prescription is subject to prosecution.
In order for the state of California to ensure a successful prosecution for the possession of OxyContin without a prescription, the state must prove the accused; (1) possessed a controlled substance, (2) knew it was present, and (3) knew the nature or character of the substance to be a controlled substance. Furthermore, the state must also show the controlled substance to actually be OxyContin and the amount possessed by the accused was a usable amount. However, when the state is seeking a conviction for the transportation or sale of OxyContin, in addition to proving the aforementioned elements, the state must also show the accused sold or transported the controlled substance and knew of its presence during the transportation.
If the prosecution is able to obtain a conviction for the possession, transport, or sale of OxyContin then the severity of an imposed punishment will vary depending upon the offender’s prior criminal history. A first time offender for the possession of OxyContin will likely receive up to one year in county jail and a fine of no more than $1,000 dollars. Whereas, the selling or transporting of OxyContin is considered a felony offense and, as such, invokes a harsher penalty of imprisonment for two to four years and a larger fine amount of up to $10,000 dollars. However, an offender’s duration of imprisonment substantially increases when it can be shown the accused transported OxyContin from one county to another for the purposes of sale.
Thus, charges for the possession, transport, or sale of OxyContin can often times seem very overwhelming. However, we at MacGregor & Collins, LLP, your OC OxyContin Lawyers have over 30 years of criminal defense experience to help you through these complex times. We are prepared to provide you with unparalleled legal representation and will fight to reduce your charges. Call us today at (949) 250-6097.