Long Beach Drug Trafficking Lawyer

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At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, we know that drug crimes are some of the most serious offenses an individual could face. If you have been accused of drug trafficking or another drug-related offense, trust a team of criminal lawyers who have successfully handled 1,000+ cases. One of our lead attorneys is a board-certified criminal law specialist, with 20+ years of criminal law experience each.

Trust a skilled legal professional to protect your rights in a drug crime case and offer a personalized defense strategy that caters to your unique circumstances. Schedule a free case evaluation online and learn more!

The Consequences of a Conviction for Drug Trafficking

The hardship of a drug trafficking conviction does not end when the sentence officially ends. Even for a relatively minor offense, the results of conviction could affect you for years to come.

Many convicted offenders have a hard time:

  • Finding a job
  • Getting into college
  • Renting an apartment
  • Getting a loan

Fighting against a drug trafficking charge is not just about avoiding fines or jail time in the short term, but it is also about protecting your future in the long term. This is why it is so important to hire aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation to get the charges dropped or minimized. A skilled attorney will carefully investigate and analyze your case, looking for as many defense strategies as possible. These can include demonstrating that a police informant is untruthful, the police unlawfully searched you or your property, the drugs had been planted on you without your knowledge, or the authorities mishandled evidence against you.

California Drug Distribution/Trafficking Laws

In California, drug trafficking may refer to the sale, transportation, importation, or other form of distribution of drugs and narcotics. This accounts for controlled substances, illegal drugs, and may also include prescription drugs if the individual does not have the proper licensing to dispense or sell certain prescription medication.

One of the key elements of drug trafficking is differentiating a person's conduct from simple drug possession. The amount of a drug or other narcotic plays a big role in this—higher quantities of a drug can turn a drug possession charge into a more damaging charge of drug trafficking. Some of the most effective defenses against trafficking charges are establishing that the drugs in question were for personal use, or that the situation directly resulted from a form of entrapment.

Other elements factor into drug trafficking defense, such as:

  • Fraudulent police informants
  • Unlawful searches of you or your property
  • Drugs planted/placed without your knowledge
  • Mishandled evidence that wrongfully incriminates you

Controlled dangerous substances are divided into categories called schedules, depending on the type of drug and the likelihood of abuse. Judges have three options when determining sentences for drug possession crimes. Any aggravating factors such as a previous criminal history or a large amount of the drug involved may influence the judge's decision to hand down a harsher sentence.

Increase Your Chances of Success with the Right Legal Firm

If possible, your lawyer may even be able to stop a police investigation before you are actually charged with a crime. This is why if you have been notified of an accusation or investigation against you, you need to speak with the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau right away. Our experienced team of legal professionals work together to make sure you get the best defense possible, making the law work in your favor. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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