Pasadena Drug Crimes Attorney
The City of Pasadena, California, has recently stepped up the enforcement of drug crimes in Pasadena. These drugs, or narcotic charges, are prosecuted at the Pasadena Courthouse. The Courthouse is located at 300 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, California 91101. The Kraut Law Group has been rated as a top notch Pasadena Drug Crimes law firm. Michael Kraut is a former Drug Crimes prosecutor. Prior to opening his firm, Mr. Kraut used to teach law enforcement, including narcotic officers, on drug crimes law and search and seizure. Mr. Kraut now uses his inside knowledge and relationships with judges and law enforcement to aggressive defend his clients of drug related crimes in and around the Pasadena area. It does not matter if you are charges with simple possession charges or large scale drug trafficking, Mr. Kraut has the knowledge and experience to secure the best result possible. The Kraut Law Group is located at 790 East Colorado Boulevard, 9th floor, Pasadena, California 91101. The location is just blocks for the Pasadena Courthouse.
In defending Pasadena drug crimes, top rated Pasadena defense attorney Michael Kraut knows California search and seizure law. Often times the police ignore a person's rights against illegal searches. These Constitutional violations are a serious erosion of our rights and need to be defended by a lawyer from the Kraut Law Group. Even if a person is caught with drugs, there are viable defenses that should be explored. If the police have used an informant, then a Hobbs Motion will need to be filed. A Penal Code Section 1538.5 motion can be filed to suppress the evidence if it was illegally seized by law enforcement.
Pasadena DUI cases of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Pasadena
Many people are aware that California Vehicle Code 23152(a) prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, a person can face significant jail time if the driver is arrested while under the influence of any drug. A conviction will result if the prosecutor is able to prove that the driver was impaired by the drug while driving. Mr. Kraut and the Kraut Law Group can defend against all Pasadena DUI cases including driving under the influence of Vicodin in Pasadena or any other drug.
Health and Safety Code Section 11377 - Possession of Methamphetamine in Pasadena
These drug crimes range from simple misdemeanor possession of less then an ounce of marijuana in violation of 11357(b) of Health and Safety Code. The punishment for this crime no longer includes jail time. However, the collateral consequences are extremely severe. A violation of any drug crime will result in a student no longer being eligible for Federal student loans. In addition, many employers will not hire, or terminate, any employee that is convicted of any drug crime.
Another Pasadena Drug crime that can be a misdemeanor is possession of methamphetamine in Health and Safety Code Section 11377(a). Depending on the amount of meth seized, the case could be prosecuted as either a felony or as a misdemeanor. The prosecution will also look at the past criminal record of a person arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Other types of Pasadena narcotics cases include the following:
Health and Safety Code Section 11550 makes it a crime for a person to be under the influence of a controlled substance in Pasadena
That means if the police find a person who appears have a narcotic in their system is guilty of this crime. The law recently changed making a person charged and convicted must serve a mandatory sentence of 90 days in custody. Most people assume that a person can be convicted only if they have an illegal drug in their system. However, the law states that if a person is under the influence of a legal drug, but the person does not have a valid prescription, then a crime has been committed under this section. Diversion is often available for a person charged with being under the influence in Pasadena.
Health and Safety Code Section 11350. This is called possession of a controlled substance in Pasadena
This is a felony charge that in most cases is punishable by up to three years in prison. The most common type of possession cases are for cocaine, cocaine in its base form, crack, heroin, oxycontin, ketamine, Vicodin, and Codeine . In many cases, a good defense attorney is able to get their client into a Pasadena diversion program including proposition 36 o a drug diversion under Penal Code Section 1000.
Health and Safety Code Section 11351- Possession for Sale of Narcotics in Pasadena
This crime is a felony when a person possesses illegal drugs, or legal drugs without a valid prescription, for sale. The punishment is up to 5 years of state prison. Because of the serious nature of this offense, anyone convicted under this charge is not eligible for a diversion program. It is often difficult to determine if a person held the drugs for sale or for personal use. The police and prosecution will review the facts very carefully in order to make this determination. The amount, weight, packaging, whether there is a scale present, or weapons are all factors that will be considered.
Health & Safety Code 11352 -Sale or Transportation of a Controlled Substance in Pasadena
A violation of this section is a felony if a person is convicted if they sell, furnish, transport or give away any narcotic or controlled substance. In many cases, informants are used to point police in the direction of a possible drug deal. Informants can often entrap a person into committing this crime when there was never an intention to violate this section.
Health & Safety Code 11364 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Pasadena
If a person is found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle, a smoking device that could be used to inhale an illegal drug, a bong or spoon used to "cook" cocaine will be found guilty. The crime is a misdemeanor. Law enforcement often find these items at a simple traffic stop. Motions to suppress can often stop the prosecutions case and help avert a conviction.
Pasadena Drug Crimes Attorney Michael Kraut has the knowledge defend his clients of all drugs that are handled in Pasadena. Mr. Kraut is proud of the fact that judges, prosecutors and law enforcement choose his firm to represent their loved ones which they are arrested, investigated or charged with a Pasadena drug crime.
Contact Pasadena Drug Crimes Attorney Michael Kraut for a free consultation. He can be reached at the Pasadena office of the Kraut Law Group located at 790 East Colorado Boulevard, 9th floor, Pasadena, California 91101 or he can be reached by phone at (626) 345-1899.