Burbank Drug Crimes
Burbank Drug Crimes is a broad category of criminal offenses consisting of various charges involving the possession, sale, manufacture and transport of illegal drugs.
Substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), marijuana, crack cocaine and unauthorized prescription medications such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Vicodin and Xanax are only some of the drugs prohibited by law. Just as there are numerous criminal charges available to prosecutors under the categories of Burbank Domestic Violence offenses and Burbank Theft Crimes, Burbank Drug Crimes also cover a variety of statutory offenses. Some potential Drug Crime charges include:
Burbank Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance – California Health and Safety Code Section 11351 H&S
Burbank Possession of a Narcotic – California Health and Safety Code Section 11350(a) H&S
Burbank Transportation of a Controlled Substance – California Health and Safety Code Section 11352(a) H&S
Burbank Transportation for Sale of a Controlled Substance – California Health and Safety Code Section 11352(b) H&S
Burbank Sale or Furnish a Controlled Substance to a Minor – California Health and Safety Code Section 11353 H&S
Burbank Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – California Health and Safety Code Section 11364 H&S
California leads the nation in Drug Crime prosecutions, and Burbank law enforcement agencies and prosecutors file thousands of these charges each year. Penalties for Burbank Drug Crimes may vary depending on the narcotic involved, the amount of the drug, whether the defendant is accused of selling rather than possessing a drug, and the criminal history of the defendant.
The majority of Burbank Drug Crimes are felonies that may carry prison or jail time, supervised probation, treatment, counseling, loss of driving privileges, substantial fines and even forced registration as a drug offender. Drug crimes can leave a permanent black mark on a person's criminal record that may preclude them from future employment opportunities and housing. Furthermore, police agencies often try to seize any property they suspect may be associated with drug sales, including houses, cars and bank accounts. This can happen even without a criminal conviction.
There are several ways an experienced Burbank Criminal Defense Attorney can combat drug crime allegations. It is often the case that the drugs in question were discovered as a result of an illegal search and seizure. Police must have Probable Cause of an ongoing crime or illegal behavior before they can justify a warrantless search. When there is no probable cause, an attorney may argue to suppress any illegal drugs discovered as a result of the unlawful search and the charges may subsequently be dismissed.
If you or a loved one are being investigated or are now facing charges for a Burbank Drug Crime, it is critical that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced Burbank Drug Crime Attorney immediately. In many cases, police or prosecutors may be alleging that a defendant was selling narcotics rather than merely possessing them simply based on the quantity of drugs discovered. An effective Burbank Drug Crime attorney can intervene before charges have been filed to get charges reduced and even dropped completely in some cases. Additionally, an attorney can help guide a defendant into treatment programs or diversion options that could ultimately prevent a criminal felony conviction.
Burbank Drug Crime Attorney Michael Kraut is a former Deputy District Attorney with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience who has extensive experience in handling Drug Offenses from both the prosecutorial and defense perspective. Mr. Kraut is highly respected throughout the court system and has established key relationships within Burbank law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.
For more information about Burbank Drug Crimes, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Burbank Drug Crime Attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 2600 West Olive Avenue, 5th Floor, Burbank, CA 91505. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 818-563-9810.