The COVID-19 public health crisis has brought with it a variety of uncertainties. At times like these, it is not uncommon for people to turn to drugs and alcohol. So, while the stay-at-home orders have resulted in fewer people being out and about, the number of criminal charges related to drug possession in California is likely to continue unabated.
If you or a loved one have been charged with drug possession, you have a problem you cannot ignore. It will only get harder to ignore the closer you get to your court date.
Every year, scores of people are convicted of drug possession in California. Sometimes those convictions are based on illegally obtained evidence or false witness testimony. Some people plead guilty to drug possession simply to avoid receiving a harsher penalty if they are found guilty at trial.
If you are facing drug possession charges, you’ve probably realized what a nightmare it would be if you were unjustly convicted. And it probably scares you out of your mind.
You are not overreacting.
This is a very real and very serious concern, especially for those who don’t know who to turn to for help. A conviction for drug possession, even for a first offense, can have a domino effect on your life. And in the rush of it all, your future (and that of your loved ones) can change in an instant.
But there is help…
The Law Office of Amy Chapman: Santa Rosa Drug Possession Attorney
It is my job to help alleviate your concerns and to pursue a defense strategy that is best for you and your family, and that ultimately protects your rights, your liberty, and your future.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I will leverage our knowledge of the law to help keep your record free of even a minor criminal offense and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
The Law Office of Amy Chapman has offices in Santa Rosa, California and I am experienced in defending clients who have been charged with the possession of a variety of controlled substances covered under California’s Controlled Substance Act, including:
- More than 28.5 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis;
- Fentanyl; and
- Other prescription drugs possessed without a valid physician’s prescription.
The Penalties For Drug Possession in California
California statute HSC § 11350 makes it a crime to be in possession of a controlled substance without a valid physician’s prescription. Simple possession of a controlled substance is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up-to 12 months in jail.
However, if you have a prior conviction for a serious felony or sex offense, the same offense may be prosecuted as a felony, punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
Why Choose Us To Defend Your Drug Possession Charge?
- At the Law Office of Amy Chapman, I believe that each client that comes to our firm deserves the opportunity to have his or her case thoroughly examined.
- I offer many years of experience defending drug charges in California and remain constantly up-to-date with all the current developments in the law to ensure that I obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
- I not only understand the fundamentals and the mechanics of the California criminal justice system, but I also understand the importance of being articulate advocates. I work hard on behalf of our clients to preserve their rights and to convince others of their innocence.
Get An Experienced California Criminal Defense Attorney Involved Early
The fact that you are reading this page shows that you are serious about solving your legal problems and are looking for answers. So, the sooner you contact us, the sooner I can begin to help.
Seek counsel earlier enough, and I may able to convince the prosecuting attorney to either:
- Dismiss the charges against you;
- Reduce the charges; or
- Recommend alternative sentencing, such as a drug diversion program.
The choice is yours. Your freedom, your future and the future of those you care about may depend on it.
Contact an Experienced Santa Rosa Drug Possession Attorney
If you have been charged with drug possession or have drug possession charges pending in the Santa Rosa area, don’t delay. Call the Law Office of Amy Chapman at (707) 636-3207 to speak with a drug possession defense attorney. Alternatively, you can send me a message via our contact form day or night. Just leave me your contact details and some basic information about your legal problem (if you wish) and I will get back to you promptly.