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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes can be a serious criminal offense. Being charged with a drug offense in the state of California is based on an extremely complicated system of “schedules.” Basically this means that if you are convicted of a drug crime, you may face anything from probation and a fine to life in prison. You need to seek the advice of an experienced and aggressive Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney immediately. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman can provide you with the knowledge and experience that is crucial when defending you against drug charges.

The Controlled Substance Act classifies narcotics into 5 different categories or “schedules,” the most serious being “Schedule 1” offenses that include narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and PCP. A conviction of a schedule 1 drug crime can carry up to 20 years in prison plus fines. If this is your third conviction, however, there is the possibility of life in prison.

Marijuana laws are not as severe as the above offenses and depend on the volume of the substance apprehended. With a large amount of marijuana, the penalties could amount to those of drug offenses with cocaine or heroin.

For a detailed description of the code, please refer to http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml.

If this is your first offense and there is no violence, you may be eligible for alternative sentencing by the courts. The courts may impose a sentence comprised of counseling, rehabilitation, periodic drug testing, and probation. You must seek the advice of an experienced and knowledgeable California drug crimes attorney who knows the laws and can advise you in the most knowledgeable and powerful way.

Regardless of the severity of the drug charges, you must protect your constitutional rights. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman is dedicated to upholding your rights. We employ an aggressive defense and can often reduce or dismiss the charges against you. Our sole priority is to achieve a resolution that you can live with, without significantly affecting your lifestyle.

In California, Proposition 36 offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent first time drug offenders. Instead of prison time, you will be placed on probation and sentenced to a drug rehabilitation facility for a year and follow-up care for an additional period of 6 months.

It is important to realize that you deserve the best defense possible in a court of law. Many drug crimes in California do NOT result in a conviction due to the aggressive defense of an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles drug offense attorney. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman will make sure that all alternative sentencing options are presented to the judge. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman may be able to present your case under special circumstances where steps for rehabilitation are determined, and if you complete each of the phases successfully, your case will be dismissed.

Given the complexity of criminal defense in general and drug crimes in particular, it is vital that you choose a criminal defense attorney who combines experience with a good track record, a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and the local courts, and a commitment to each and every client. If you have you been accused of a drug offense, your time to get the right experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is limited. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman has successfully represented numerous clients charged with drug crimes throughout the State of California. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman prides itself on aggressive representation with a personal touch. Armed with the knowledge and experience to build a winning defense, Jonathan I. Kelman is accustomed to taking on the criminal justice system and achieving the best results for his clients.

When your future is on the lineā€¦ Call the Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman immediately. Your phone consultation is free and completely confidential.

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