Possessing heroin is always considered a felony offense in the state of California. Felony offenses are more serious than misdemeanors, and leave the accused individual facing extremely harsh criminal penalties if convicted. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles heroin possession defense lawyers know the consequences of a conviction for any offense involving heroin. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to fight for our clients effectively, reaching the desired outcome you want and deserve.
Diacetylmorphine, another name for heroin, is a highly harmful and addictive drug. This is why individuals who are involved in any way with the drug whether possessing, manufacturing, selling, or distributing are prosecuted vigorously by the state. In order to avoid potential prison time, fines, and other criminal penalties, it is essential you consult with a highly capable Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. Your freedom, reputation, and career are at risk; the sooner you take action, the more time your attorney has to thoroughly prepare and devise a solid defense strategy.Heroin Drug Crime Attorney in Los Angeles
Classified as a Schedule I drug (the most dangerous and addictive of all, with no currently accepted medical purpose), crimes involving heroin will leave you facing substantial punishment. While heroin possession is certainly not as serious a crime as heroin possession with intent to deliver, or transporting/trafficking the drug, a conviction will still result in serious repercussions.
We understand that being charged with any drug crime is frightening and stressful. You don't know what to expect, how the criminal justice system works, or what will happen to you. As dedicated and compassionate Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys, we are available to support and guide you every step of the way. Our expertise and dedicated approach allow us to provide our clients with a strong, effective defense should your case go to trial. There are situations in which it is advantageous for a client to plead to charges; we will work with you in order to determine your options, and which will be more effective in reaching your desired outcome.Criminal Penalties for Heroin Possession in LA
Per Health and Safety Code Section 11350(a), personal use of heroin is prohibited in the state of California. If you are charged with possession for personal use, you may be eligible for diversion of Prop 36 treatment. Essentially, these treatment options are frequently offered to those charged with possessing heroin or other drugs such as cocaine because of the drugs' destructive nature. Lawmakers realize that more than strict punishment or incarceration, help recovering from the addiction is a more positive path.
The criminal penalties for heroin possession if you are not eligible for a diversion program such as Drug Court or Prop 36 include prison time of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years. First-time offenders are rarely sentenced to substantial time in prison; it is more likely you will be sentenced to probation and perhaps a brief stint in jail. Regardless of the situation it is highly recommended you have a seasoned lawyer on your side to ensure the best possible outcome.Contact The Justice Firm now
Police and prosecutors are frequently over-zealous in their efforts to "crack down" on drug offenders. For instance, accusations of heroin possession may quickly transform to a charge of heroin possession with intent to deliver. This will leave the accused facing penalties which are even more harsh if convicted. At The Justice Firm, we are ready to begin work on your case today, and will fight every step of the way to protect your freedom and help you avoid serious criminal penalties. Contact us today at 310-914-2444.