Drug Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer


California Drug Crime Defense

California, like all states, regulates the possession and distribution of controlled substances. These include marijuana, cocaine,heroin, and methamphetamines, as well as a number of lesser-known drugs and even their individual compounds. Being convicted of possession or trafficking these controlled substances can lead to severe penalties. The attorneys at NorCal Criminal Defense have been handling drug defense cases with diligence and success for more than 50+ combined years. There are many avenues in which a drug case can be successfully defended including, but not limited to: motions to dismiss, motions to suppress evidence, defense verdicts and favorable plea arrangements.

James Granucci and Michael Phillips have successfully handled all types of drug and drug-related crimes. They have handled cases ranging from simple possession of marijuana to manufacturing of controlled substances and thousands of cases involving driving offenses dealing with illegal narcotics and paraphernalia.

Drug charges can carry very stiff sentences including mandatory jail sentences and loss of driving privileges. The prosecutor files charges depending on the type of drug, the quantity, whether the drug is possessed for personal use or for sale, and the past criminal record of a person.

A conviction for a drug crime can potentially effect a person for the rest of his or her life. Having a drug offense on one’s record can greatly affect that person’s ability to obtain a job, get into school, and obtain a scholarship, among other things. It can also effect the ability to enter into any branch of the armed services. Finally, a drug related offense on your record can effect that person's ability to obtain citizenship in the United States and may even result in deportation.

The consequences of a conviction can result in imprisonment in jail or prison, probation or parole after a person is released from custody, enormous legal fines, mandatory drug counseling, registration as a drug offender with local law enforcement, and even the revocation of a driver's license.

It is imperative to retain an attorney at the earliest possible time in order to ensure that the attorney can explore all avenues available to you. The attorneys at NorCal Criminal Defense handle all types of drug crimes and charges including, but not limited to, the following:

  • All Drug Possession cases

  • All Drug Possession with intent to sell
    and/or distribute cases

  • All Drug Trafficking cases

  • All Drug Manufacturing

  • All School Zone cases

  • All classes and types of drug cases

  • Unauthorized use, possession or sale of
    prescription drugs such as Vicodin or

  • Cases involving money laundering, drug
    trafficking and distribution in Federal

When you hire NorCal Criminal Defense Lawyers to represent you in your drug case, we will always look behind the charges to see if there are legal motions that may be brought to have your charges dismissed. Even if you were caught in possession of drugs, the circumstances leading to that charge may not have been legal. Did the police have probable cause to search you, your car, or your home? If not, we may be able to have the judge throw out this illegally obtained evidence, leading to a dismissal of charges.

In many other drug cases there is a major issue as to who had "control" or "ownership" of the drugs found. Even if you were found in a vehicle where drugs may have been found the prosecution must prove that you had "dominion and control" over the drugs and knew the "nature of the substance" found in the automobile was in fact illegal narcotics.

If you are charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, our experienced California criminal defense team will help clarify the issues you face, identify the elements required to prosecute, and explain your best options going forward.

Please feel to call NorCal Criminal Defense Lawyers 530-265-0186 to schedule a confidential, no charge, consultation.