Drug crimes are considered serious crimes under both state and federal laws. Individuals convicted of drug crimes can face severe penalties, which can include jail and lengthy prison terms, fines, probation, immigration consequences, and/or collateral consequences such as the loss of a professional license.
Ms. Azari has successfully defended her clients facing drug charges in both state and federal courts. Cases involving drug charges often require aggressive litigation and the filing of search and seizure motions and other pre-trial motions, comprehensive cross-examination of police officers and informants both before and through trial, as well as a thorough investigation.
If you have been charged with a drug offense, including conspiracy to commit a drug offense, in California or in any federal district, please contact the Law Office of Sara Azari for a free consultation.
Drug possession charges may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and quantity of the illegal substance and whether there is evidence of intent to sell or distribute the drugs. As of 2014, Prop 47 has reclassified certain drug possession offenses that were previously felonies to now misdemeanors.
Some common misdemeanor drug offense charges include:
Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana (without intent to sell or distribute);
Possession of drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, pipes, rolling papers, and syringes (without intent to sell or distribute)
Felony drug possession charges include:
Possession of certain controlled substances, such as methamphetamine, GhB, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and LSD;
Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana; and
Possession of marijuana on school property.
Possession of Drugs for Sale or Distribution;
Transportation of Drugs for Sale
Conspiracy to Sell or Distribute Drugs
Maintaining a Location to Store Drugs for Sale/Distribution
Individuals facing charges related to drug possession with intent to sell or distribute need zealous and effective legal representation to obtain a victory in the courtroom. In California, the possession of illegal drugs with the intent to sell is classified as a felony offense, and individuals convicted of this charge may be sentenced to several years in prison. Any time an individual is found to be in possession of illegal drugs, law enforcement officers will investigate whether the drugs were for personal use or for sale. Evidence that can lead officers and the courts to believe that an individual had intent to sell include:
Weight of the substance;
Excessive amounts of cash and the denominations of the money;
Plastic baggies or other containers that can be used to hold drugs;
Scales or other measuring devices;
Cutting agents; and
Multiple cell phones, burner phones, or other communication devices.
If you live anywhere in the United States and have been charged with conspiracy to sell or distribute drugs and/or the sale or distribution of drugs in a federal district court, you require representation by an aggressive attorney specifically with experience in defending drug cases in the federal system.
In many cases, case agents and police officers do not follow the proper search and seizure procedures that the law requires. Having successfully argued suppression motions in these instances, Ms. Azari has on numerous occasions assisted clients in avoiding a conviction where the evidence was illegally obtained. Ms. Azari will review the circumstances of your case and help you fight the charges towards the best possible outcome.