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Drug Possession Defense


Possession Of A Controlled Substance In CA

According to California Health and Safety Code 11350, a person can be charged for the possession of a controlled substance in any one of three ways: actual possession, constructive possession, or joint possession. If you are questioning the validity of the possession charges that were made against you, it is important to speak with an Orange County criminal defense attorney from our firm. Upon review of your case, we can determine whether or not the criminal charges currently being held against you are warranted, and how to defend you in court if a valid case exists.

To help you better understand why you might be facing drug possession charges, we explain each of the three types of possession offenses below:

  • Actual Possession: Actual possession of a controlled substance implies that you are in direct physical control of the substance. Charges of this nature are most often made when the drug is found on your person, but actual possession charges can also be made if it is inarguably obvious that you were in possession of the drug immediately before law enforcement officers reported to the scene.
  • Constructive Possession: Constructive possession pertains to situations in which drug possession charges are issued to a person who was not found in physical possession of drugs, but instead at a location over which said person has control.
  • Joint Possession: Joint possession is indicative of dual possession between two or more people. Joint possession can involve actual possession or constructive possession. Oftentimes, joint possession charges are issued to roommates, one of whom the drug belongs to and the other of whom knowingly allowed the drug possession to continue.
  • Possession With Intent To Distribute: It is illegal in California to possess illegal or controlled substances with the intent to sell or otherwise distribute them. This is a crime carrying serious penalties including jail time and a mark on your criminal record. This means you need to do everything you can to prevent being convicted.

Secure Your Defense with an Experienced Orange County Drug Possession Attorney

When you contact theLaw Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, you will have access to our firm's arsenal of defenses that can be used to avoid conviction for your drug crime. You can also benefit from our plea bargaining skills which can be used as a means of lessening the consequences issued to you if a conviction is ultimately made.

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Criminal cases are often complicated. There are two sides to every story, and it is important that the court sees the situation clearly. We can help defend you in your criminal case and make sure your perspective is heard.


If you've been accused of drug possession, there is no argument as to your need for aggressive defense. In fact, to forego your constitutional right to an attorney could significantly jeopardize your chances of escaping conviction. There are a number of defense methods that can be utilized on your behalf, but none of these can be employed before an attorney investigates the specific circumstances involved in your case.

Among the defense methods that might be applicable to your case are the following:

  • Arguing that you didn't actually possess the controlled substance
  • Arguing that your possession of the controlled substance was only temporary
  • Arguing that you held a valid prescription for the controlled substance found in your position
  • Arguing that illegal search and seizure methods were utilized in the process of making an arrest for possession
  • Arguing that you had a lack of knowledge (either of the possession in general or of the illegality of the substance in your possession)

The defenses listed above are some of the most commonly used methods of defense in cases of drug possession charges; however, this is not to say that they are the only methods that can be utilized. Much of your defense will come down to the specific aspects of your case, which makes it vital to obtain a criminal defense attorney as early on in the legal process as possible.

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Attorney Jacqueline Goodman has the experience and tools to contest a drug possession charge. All that is needed to elevate your drug possession charge to one of possession with intent to distribute is for officers to have what they believe to be evidence supporting your intent to sell or distribute drugs.

Such evidence can include the following:

  • Large amounts of drugs in your possession
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Scales and other conspicuous forms of measurement
  • Individualized packaging or separation of the drugs

Depending on the amount of drugs and the type of drugs found on you, you could be charged with felony possession with intent to distribute which could result in up to four years behind bars.

Challenging Possession With Intent to Distribute Charges in OC

Charges for drug possession with intent to sell are just that, charges. You are still far from a conviction and there are many points Attorney Jacqueline Goodman can challenge in your case. For instance, how were the drugs found on you? You may have been the victim of an illegal search and seizure, in which case any evidence found during your arrest could be thrown out. Law enforcement must have a warrant or probable cause to search you, your car, or your home.

Further, what constitutes a "large amount" of drugs is subjective and if you can argue that the drugs found on you were for personal use, you may not be eligible to be charged with intent to distribute.




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