Fullerton Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
Effective drug crime defense in California requires extensive experience with the state's drug laws. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, you can work with an attorney with a reputation for success and a long history of challenging the prosecution in high-stakes cases, including drug crimes. Attorney Jacqueline Goodman can take a detailed approach to reviewing the evidence against you to protect your rights and help you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction. She knows a solid defense involves a great deal of work, like filing motions before the court and investigating sources of alleged evidence, but she never backs down from a case when things get complicated.
Jacqueline Goodman is an experienced Fullerton drug crime lawyer who is not intimidated by the courtroom. She has an exceptional reputation for moving her cases towards the best outcome possible instead of accepting the first plea bargain offered by the prosecution. You can rest assured that your best interests are always the immediate and center focus when she is on the case.
Reasons to choose Attorney Jacqueline Goodman for your counsel:
- Recipient of a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating
- Backed by more than 20 years of experience
- Admitted to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court
- Permanently named on the Wall of Recognition at the National Constitution Center
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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 their 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. Instead, you need to be in some form of physical control of the substance.
It is illegal to deliver drugs under both state and federal laws. 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. Due to this legal loophole, it is important to have a strong legal representative like Attorney Jacqueline Goodman on your side as soon as your case begins.
Drug manufacturing is considered a more serious offense than possession, and it simply refers to the process by which drugs are produced or created. Common manufacturing charges involve growing marijuana outside of currently legal cultivation limits. Additionally, you may face manufacturing charges for possessing certain pharmaceuticals that can be altered to create a “designer” drug. 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 as well.
Seeking Alternatives to Prison Time
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. Attorney Goodman has a record of being able to negotiate alternatives to jail such as rehabilitation and counseling for drug crime defense clients in Fullerton and throughout Orange County. For certain specified drug offenses, a defendant may be eligible to participate in a DEJ (PC 1000) program, in which criminal proceedings are suspended for a prescribed time on the condition that the defendant completes an outpatient drug treatment program. Upon completion of the program, the case is dismissed.
About California Proposition 36
Much like PC 1000, Prop 36 is a legal tool 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. If you think utilizing Prop 36 could be a good resolution to your drug crimes case, let Attorney Goodman know. Likewise, she will let you know if that seems like a positive choice.
Fighting Forfeiture Proceedings
Any drug crime case can become complicated by or center on forfeiture proceedings and how the state carried them out. You may be forced to forfeit what the government perceives as ill-gotten possessions as your drug crime case develops, or right at the beginning of it. Even if there is no substantial evidence to validate the forfeiture of your property, it can still happen.
Possessions often seized in a drug crime case include:
- Expensive luxury items
Attorney Goodman is dedicated to protecting her clients’ rights to privacy and private possessions. If your property has been wrongfully forfeited by local or federal law enforcement, let her know right away by dialing (866) 294-8952.
Call the Firm Now for a Free Case Review
If you've been charged with a drug offense or with a crime relating to California's medical marijuana dispensary laws, contact Fullerton drug crime defense Attorney Jacqueline Goodman right away. With her knowledge gained as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, she is more prepared to take your case than most criminal defense attorneys in the country can claim. After all, you deserve a fighter in your corner because sometimes bad things happen to good people, but they still deserve the right to defend themselves.
Are you ready to begin building your aggressive defense? Do not hesitate to call (866) 294-8952!