Drug Crime Lawyer in Napa, CA
Providing Decades of Experience to the Accused
Over the past ten years, state and federal governments have increased their efforts in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of this nation-wide effort against drugs, penalties for drug crimes have become increasingly severe.
In California, there have been significant shifts in the state’s approach to minor drug crimes, but the consequences are still heavy for more serious violations. If you have been arrested for a drug-related offense, you need to hire a Napa drug crime lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected and your defense is solid.
Misdemeanor Drug Laws in California
In 2014, Californians voted to reduce the sentencing structure for certain nonviolent and non-serious drug crimes by passing the controversial Proposition 47.
Possession of the following are punishable by up to a year in county jail:
- Schedule I: Synthetic cannabis, cocaine base, opiates/opiate derivatives, peyote, mescaline
- Schedule II: Opiates and narcotics
- Schedule III: Hallucinogens
- Schedule IV & V: All narcotics without a valid prescription
More recently, California voters also passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21 years of age. Under this new law, it is legal to purchase, possess, and consume up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. It is also legal for an adult over 21 to grow up to six plants at a private home.
It is, however, still punishable as a misdemeanor to smoke or consume marijuana anywhere except for a private residence or an establishment licensed for marijuana consumption. It is also a misdemeanor to purchase, possess, or consume more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than 8 grams of concentrated marijuana.
Defense for Felony Drug Charges in Napa
In the midst of California’s drug reforms, it is still possible to find oneself facing serious felony charges concerning illegal drug activity. Any possession or transportation of “any usable amount” of narcotics for the purpose of selling them is punishable by 2-4 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. Conviction of a drug-related crime not only comes with immediate consequences, but also impacts your future by staying on your record.
No matter what type of charges you may be facing, our highly determined Napa criminal defense attorney can help you to address these issues.
If you need defense against a drug charge in Napa, call the Law Office of Douglas Pharr today at (707) 674-5868 for a free consultation.