Orange County Drug Crime FAQ
Facing drug charges for the first time?
Being arrested or accused of a
drug crime can be a life-changing event. From the moment that you are suspected of
a drug crime, everything you say and do will be watched and documented
by investigators, law enforcement agents and prosecutors. You can't
afford to be in the dark about your rights and your criminal charges during
this critical time; you need a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer on
your side who can protect you. Without the help of a qualified attorney,
you will be powerless against the prosecution and vulnerable to harsh
penalties such as jail time and costly fines.
Here at the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we can provide a free case
evaluation to discuss your situation in a confidential and non-judgmental
environment. We understand that drug crime charges can be confusing and
complicated matters because we have been handling these cases for 20 years
and we are prepared to help you today. Below, our Orange County drug crime
attorney answers some of the most commonly asked questions that our clients
have had over the years.
If I am caught with an illegal drug that I did not actually use, can I
still be charged with a crime?
Yes. If you are caught in the possession of a controlled substance, you
can be charged with the crime of
possession whether or not you actually used the drug. You will not automatically
go to jail for this crime, and you may be able to avoid going to jail
altogether by completing drug rehabilitation or treatment instead.
If I am caught with a legal prescription medication, can I be charged with
Many people are surprised to learn that the answer to this question is
yes. You can be charged with possession if you are caught with certain
medications such as Vicodin, codeine or others without a valid prescription.
Even if those drugs are meant for personal use and you don't intend
to sell them, you may still find yourself facing serious charges.
What does DEJ stand for?
DEJ stands for "Deferred Entry of Judgment," which is a program
that allows first-time drug offenders to be dismissed for drug possession
cases without having to plead guilty. If you have been accused of drug
possession for the very first time, you may be able to qualify for DEJ
if you agree to complete a drug program and if you do not pick up any
new charges for a certain period of time. Once that time has passed, your
case will be dismissed.
What is Proposition 36?
In 2000, California passed Proposition 36 to help drug offenders receive
education and treatment instead of jail. If you qualify for Proposition
36, you may be able to plead guilty and then complete a drug program so
that your case will be eligible for dismissal. If you are not eligible
for the DEJ program, this is a good option for you.
Will I be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for having legal
Unfortunately, yes. There are certain household items that are also classified as
drug paraphernalia, such as flashlights, highlighters, and pagers, and you will be charged
with possession if the prosecution can prove that the items in question
were used for illegal drug consumption.
What are some of the defense strategies for a possession charge?
At our firm, we know how to scrutinize your case to identify areas where
the police made mistakes or acted inappropriately. For example, law enforcement
officers will often ignore the California rules of search and seizure
when investigating the activities of suspects. In other situations, we
may be able to prove that your arrest was the result of bogus "confidential
police informants" or that you were set-up in a way that violated
California's entrapment laws.
Will a drug arrest affect my immigration case?
If you are a non-citizen and are arrested for a drug crime in California,
you may face deportation, exclusion, or loss of a visa or green card status,
regardless of whether or not you are convicted. You need a lawyer who
understands both criminal and immigration law if you are in this situation.
The right attorney can fight to keep from being deported from the United
States and can keep you from losing your opportunity to gain citizenship.
Contact an Orange County Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we are able to provide our clients with the highest quality of legal
defense and representation. Regardless of your history or the nature of
your current charges, we will meet you where you're at and will help
you protect your future. Drug crimes can range from misdemeanor offenses
to serious felony crimes, and the penalties can also vary from a night
in jail to many years in a state prison. The laws for certain drugs, such as
marijuana, are continually changing and many people have a difficult time keeping up.
When you call our firm for a free consultation, you can discuss your concerns
and your charges with Attorney Goodman. Unlike other firms in Orange County,
our office is dedicated solely to criminal defense. This enables us to
provide every client with highly focused and knowledgeable defense, and
we fight tirelessly to achieve the best results possible for you.
Attorney Goodman is one of the few attorneys admitted to arguecases before the United States Supreme Court, so
call today to enlist her help in your case!