California has a very different legal climate today with regard to drugs and narcotics than it did just a few decades ago. While marijuana possession used to lead to long prison sentences, many California cities have made enforcing marijuana possessions a low priority, laws have been changed to decrease penalties associated with possession, and the medical use of marijuana has been legalized. All of these developments can lead Californians into thinking that they will not face criminal and civil penalties, not to mention financial and reputational damage, from the possession of narcotics and similar offenses. Nothing could be further from the truth. California and federal law enforcement continue to police narcotics, and prosecutors continue to prosecute narcotics defendants. Jail time, fines, and a criminal record affecting future employment opportunities and financial matters (e.g. loan applications) still hover over defendants.
If you have been arrested for a narcotics offense, you will want to do everything you can to avoid the consequences of a criminal record. The criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Omar Gastelum and Associates, APLC represent defendants charged with narcotics offenses, fighting for their rights and pursuing all avenues of defense.
Representing Defendants in all Narcotics Offenses
California police can and still will enforce state laws against marijuana use in many cases, such as where it is used in public, while driving, or by anyone who cannot produce an approved prescription for the use of it. Police will also often enforce marijuana laws against growers and distributors of marijuana. Furthermore, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and federal law enforcement, including the DEA, continues to enforce drug laws in California.
Apart from marijuana, federal and state law enforcement continue to pursue criminal cases against defendants for all types of narcotics offenses. Our attorneys represent defendants in marijuana cases as well as cases involving:
- LSD and Hallucinogens
- Ecstasy / MDMA
- Prescription drugs (Oxycontin, etc.)
Fighting For Your Best Possible Outcome in Your Narcotics Case
When you retain our firm, our attorneys’ only interest is in getting you the best possible outcome to your narcotics charge so that you can get your life back to normal, while minimizing the consequences of your criminal charges.
Although it may seem like you have nowhere to turn when faced with the tough tactics and threats of police officers and prosecutors, we will fight to protect your constitutional rights and make sure your best defense is asserted in court. We will challenge the sufficiency of the evidence against you (including witness testimony and physical evidence), examine the police tactics for unconstitutionality and illegality, and present all evidence supporting your innocence.
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will work with you from the very start – as soon as police begin questioning you – to work towards a positive outcome: a dropped investigation, a dismissal of charges, a not guilty verdict, a reduced sentence, or an alternative treatment program.
Your future is too important to not get the best legal defense you can find in your narcotics offense charge.