Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug possession with the intent to sell or distribute, often called “possession with intent”, is a type of drug crime that involves possessing or purchasing a controlled substance with the intention of selling or distributing the substance. Possession with intent is a more serious offense than simple possession and is a felony under California Health and Safety Code 11351 HS. A defendant may face 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison. Rehabilitation in lieu of imprisonment is also not available to offenders who have been convicted of possession with intent, unless your attorney is able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney.
As a Los Angeles drug lawyer with more than 20 years of experience under my belt, I understand what is involved in drug possession with intent charges. Although you may have a significant amount of physical evidence against you and the prosecution may claim that they have one or more witnesses to corroborate your guilt, this does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted or should be found guilty. An experienced attorney will understand where to challenge the prosecution’s case in order to establish doubt of your guilt.
Defense for Possession with Intent in Los Angeles
A successful defense strategy for possession with intent charges in Los Angeles may be based upon different issues. For example, if you were subjected to an illegal search and/or seizure, this may be grounds to dismiss key evidence or even your charges altogether. I can use this or can challenge various areas of the prosecuting attorney’s case, such as:
- You did not actually have any drugs in your possession/on your property;
- You did not know about the presence of the drugs or did not know what they were; or
- You did not have the intent to sell or distribute the drugs.
Take this opportunity to find out more about your possession with intent case and what can be done to avoid a conviction. Contact Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney Robert Michael Helfend today.