Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer
Fighting State and Federal Controlled Substances Charges
Almost everyone we know has come into contact with controlled substances in one fashion or another. When a person is charged with a drug crime, at issue is their freedom, health, and capacity to meet their professional and family obligations.
At The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C., Attorney Ian Wallach has successfully handled thousands of drug matters. He is honored to help those accused in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas fight their charges. When he takes on a case, he starts with a thorough evaluation of the charges, available options, and the legality of the search that led to the discovery of the substances involved.
Drug crimes are routinely overcharged throughout the County of Los Angeles, which can work to the client's advantage. Ian Wallach's goal is to limit or block any restriction of his client's freedoms and to work toward securing an outcome that makes this an experience that won't be repeated.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a state or federal drug crime, call The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C. at (213) 375-0000 for a free consultation.
Schedules of Controlled Substances
The California and federal government sort drugs into 5 different categories referred to as schedules. Schedules are determined based on the medical use, addictiveness, potential for abuse, and potential for psychological and physical dependency of the drugs contained within.
- Schedule I drugs are considered the most harmful and include such substances as heroin and LSD.
- Schedule II drugs are considered less dangerous than Schedule I, and this group contains substances like hydrocodone and fentanyl.
- Schedule III drugs are considered less serious than Schedule II. This category includes various substances, including depressants and narcotics not specified elsewhere.
- Schedule IV drugs are considered less harmful than Schedule III. This group includes barbital and clonazepam, among other substances.
- Schedule V drugs are considered the least dangerous substances. The category contains drugs with trace amounts of certain narcotics and nonnarcotic active ingredients.
Understanding the controlled substances schedules is important because drug crimes statutes often refer to these groups.
Types of Drug Crimes We Defend
California and federal law identify various types of conduct amounting to a controlled substance offense. Because drugs pose risks to others' health and safety, law enforcement officials and prosecutors harshly pursue these matters. If you have been charged, you can expect the government to work hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the alleged crime. That is why it's crucial to have an attorney working for you who will fight just as hard, if not harder, to challenge the accusations.
The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C. provides effective defense for various offenses, including, but not limited to:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Although the prosecutor might have evidence against you, all hope is not lost. A thorough examination of your circumstances may reveal weaknesses in proof and other possible defenses. Speak with Ian Wallach about your case to learn more about your legal options.
The Penalties for a Drug Crime Conviction
As noted earlier, several types of controlled substances offenses exist. As such, depending on the circumstances, a court can impose a variety of penalties. In many cases, the punishments levied depend on the type and amount of the drug involved. Additionally, sanctions differ under state and federal laws.
For instance, in California, possession of a Schedule III drug with the intent to sell can be penalized by imprisonment for 2, 3, or 4 years. Under federal law, possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule III substance is punishable by no more than 10 years in prison.
Smart, Innovative, Zealous Defense
If you've been accused of a state or federal drug crime, reach out to Attorney Ian Wallach as soon as possible. Building an effective defense for these types of charges requires thorough preparation. When you hire Ian Wallach, he will start developing a strategy for your case right away.
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