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How a drug possession charge can affect you

If you are facing a drug possession charge in California, you may think prison time is unavoidable. The good news is that possession is now classified as a misdemeanor, which means the consequences are less severe than they would be if it was a felony. With the right defense, you may be able to avoid jail altogether.

Is Marijuana Possession a Misdemeanor in California?

California has led the nation in embracing the medical and recreational use of marijuana. Following the state's historic passing of Prop 215 in 1996, which was the first statewide medical marijuana initiative to pass in the U.S., California voters have continually shown their support for rolling back draconian marijuana drug crime laws that originated from America's War on Drugs. Over the years, various measures and laws have been passed to decriminalize and even legalize marijuana in the state of California.

Mom with 2 Kids in Car Arrested at Border Patrol Checkpoint for Meth Possession

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 7-May-2014

A woman who was driving with her two children in the car was arrested Monday morning at a Border Patrol checkpoint near San Clemente on the northbound 5 freeway, for possession of more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine.

Suspect Arrested for Alleged Sale of Pot Brownies to Orange County Students

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 11-Mar-2014

A Costa Mesa man has been arrested following a two-month police investigation involving the sale of "pot brownies," brownies laced with marijuana, to underage students across Orange County.

State Prison Populations Continue to Drop, Increase at Federal Level

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 3-Feb-2014

How State Prisons Are Staying a Step Ahead of the Feds

Headlines read out "overcrowded prisons" across the nation. Many federal prisons are above maximum capacity. In fact, the U.S. prison population has increased eightfold since the 1980s. As federal incarceration rates continue on an upward trend, state prison populations are beginning to decline. Multiple states even closed prisons last year.

Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences Putting the Right People in Prison?

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 25-Jan-2014

The Costly Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Mandatory minimum sentencing has become a controversial topic within recent months, especially after Attorney General Eric Holder's August 2013 announcement that he would seek to cut mandatory minimums for drug offenders. The term "war on drugs" was coined in the 1980s by politicians who promised to get tough on crack cocaine offenders.

Alternative Sentencing Options for Orange County Drug Crime Cases

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 30-Dec-2013

Drug crimes can range in severity and scope. From marijuana possession to interstate drug trafficking, the umbrella term "drug crime" casts a large shadow. For those accused of drug crimes, alternative sentencing options may provide the opportunity to avoid traditional forms of punishment and even avoid convictions. Which individuals will qualify and benefit from alternatives is dependent on a number of factors, including the background of the accused and willingness to seek help, as well as the defensibility of the case itself.

Proposition 36: More than a Decade After It Began, What the Law Means for Drug Offenders in California

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 28-Mar-2013

In 2000, the state of California enacted Proposition 36 which officially established a drug diversion program for eligible defendants. Defined in Penal Code sections 1210-1210.1 PC and 3063.1, the proposition systematically established an alternative form of sentencing for persons who are found guilty of a drug crime offense in California. Specifically, the proposition calls for qualifying drug defendants to have their criminal charges dismissed, or even have their convictions dismissed, given their ability to successfully complete the court-approved drug treatment program assigned to them.

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