Orange County Drug Crime Lawyer
Reasons To Choose Attorney Goodman
- Recipient of a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating
Backed by more than 20 years of experience
Dedicated to representing the rights of the accused
Free consultations offered to each prospective client
Admitted to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court
Named a 2012 Clients Choice award for Criminal Defense
Permanently named on the Wall of Recognition at the National Constitution Center
Effective drug crime defense requires experience with our state's drug
laws. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we take a detailed approach
to reviewing the evidence against you to protect your rights and help
you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction. We recognize that
a solid drug crime defense involves a great deal of work including filing
motions before the court.
Jacqueline Goodman is an experienced
Orange County criminal defense lawyer who is not intimidated by the courtroom and has an exceptional reputation
for moving her cases forward instead of accepting the first plea bargain
offered by the prosecution. You can rest assured that your best interests
are always the immediate focus of everyone at our firm. As such, do not
hesitate to retain the immediate representation of our firm.
Types of Drug Offenses
The term "drug crime" is an umbrella term that can refer to a
variety of criminal offenses.
Drug possession is one of the most common drug crimes and occurs when an individual is
found with a small amount of an illegal substance on his/her person. You
may also be arrested for drug possession if the drug is found in your
car, backpack, etc. In other words, you do not have to be in physical
possession of the substance to face charges.
It is illegal to
deliver drugs under state and federal law. The term "deliver" refers to the
act of transferring drugs from one place (or person) to another. You can
also be arrested for
intending to deliver drugs. In order to convict you of delivery, prosecutors must
only demonstrate that you intended to deliver the substance– not
that you actually executed the delivery. Because of this, it is important
to have a strong legal representative on your side. With our top notch
Orange County drug crime attorney fighting for you, you can have peace
of mind knowing that your case is in good hands.
Drug manufacturing is another common charge. It is considered a more serious offense than
possession and simply refers to the process by which drugs are produced
or created. Common manufacturing charges involve growing
marijuana. Additionally, you may face manufacturing charges for possessing certain
pharmaceuticals. If law enforcement believes that you possess certain
items with the intention of manufacturing drugs, known as
drug paraphernalia, you may be charged with drug manufacturing.
Seeking Alternatives to Prison
Taking the case to trial is not always in the defendant's best interest,
and if the prosecution does not dismiss your case, a plea agreement may
be negotiated. With drug crime defense in particular,
we are often able to negotiate alternatives to jail such as rehabilitation
and counseling. For certain specified drug offenses, a defendant may be eligible to participate
in a DEJ (PC 1000) program, where criminal proceedings are suspended for
a prescribed time on the condition that the defendant complete an outpatient
drug treatment program. Upon completion of the program, the case is dismissed.
About Proposition 36
Much like PC 1000,
Prop 36 is a scheme that allows a defendant to escape incarceration on specified
drug offenses, participate in treatment and rehabilitation and, upon successful
completion, obtain the dismissal of the case. Prop 36 is less advantageous
to the defendant in a legal sense, but the treatment is more tailored
to the needs of the defendant, and inpatient treatment is available.
Fighting Forfeiture Proceedings
Forfeiture proceedings can become a major component in drug crime cases.
You may be forced to forfeit what the government perceives as ill-gotten
drug money or possessions such as homes or cars. However, assets gained
do not always result from purported drug-related activity. In these delicate
situations, we put our experience and aggressive criminal defense skills
to work for our clients. You have the right to keep what is rightfully yours.
Hire an Orange County Drug Crime Attorney
If you've been charged with a drug offense or with a crime relating to
California's medical marijuana dispensary laws, contact our Orange County criminal defense lawyer today. With the right
representation on your side, you can rest assured that your future and
reputation are in good hands.
Attorney Goodman has spent 20 years representing the accused in Orange County and the surrounding
areas. Call today to see what she can do for your case, and read through our
drug crime FAQ page for additional information.
The sooner we begin strengthening your case, the stronger we can build
the argument for your case. Call today or complete our
online evaluation form to get started. Our team could provide the skilled counsel and representation
that you need.