In the legal context, a narcotic is a prohibited substance, or in violation of strict governmental regulation, such as heroin or morphine.
Even a misdemeanor charge of under the influence carries with it mandatory jail time of a minimum of ninety days; the use or possession of an illegal drug when charged as a misdemeanor can carry a county jail sentence of up to one year.
The sale, distribution or transportation of illegal drugs is often charged as a felony with heavier fines and/or a state prison sentence. A severe drug crime, such as trafficking large quantities, could result in a state prison sentence of up to twenty five years and a $500,000 fine.
Whether you are an adult or juvenile, drug charges can often be accompanied by other types of charges or complicated by a prior record or violation of parole or probation.
The Law Offices of Paula Drake can represent you or a family member if you are accused of a drug offense. If you are arrested for or charged with a drug crime, you should not attempt to handle the case yourself. You need an experienced attorney to explore the issues common to these cases and to represent you in court to obtain the best possible outcome in the case.
There are statutory programs available in certain drug cases that might also result in the eventual dismissal of the conviction. Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake is also experienced in the handling of cases that involve Medical Marijuana and the Compassionate Use Act. Our familiarity with the law in this area and experience defending such cases could lead to successful outcome with your marijuana charge.