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Drug Trafficking Laws in California

Have you or a loved one been arrested for drug trafficking in California? If so, you need the assistance of a competent and drug arrest attorney. Drug trafficking is considered the most serious of all drug offenses in California .   For immediate protection and advice, contact the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis. Mr. Lluis headed a team of competent drug arrest attorneys serving Los Angeles County and all over Southern California.

The penalties for drug trafficking in California

Drug trafficking is a serious offense in California punishable under Sec. 11379 of the California Penal Code of 2002.   The crime is defined under California Health and Safety Code Section 11352 which is associated with the acts of transporting, selling, furnishing, administering, selling or distributing illegal substances or offering to transport, import, sell, furnish, administer or even an attempt to import or transport any controlled substance into the state. The crime is considered a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

In addition to the usual prison term, the penalty may be meted with a heavier penalty, steeper fines, asset forfeiture and mandatory registration as a narcotics offender under the following circumstances:

  • when the offender is found to transport drugs or controlled substances considered a felony under the Controlled Substance Act;
  • when the offender was caught transporting drugs or controlled substances in highly restricted areas like public schools;
  • when there are minors involved;
  • when the offender has prior criminal records; and
  • other related offenses that may magnify the crime.

The person guilty of drug trafficking in California must be proven in possession for transport of controlled substances for the ultimate purpose of selling or distributing the said substances or drugs rather than personal use. California drug conviction carries extreme punishment that can also include steep fines, asset forfeiture and registration as a narcotics offender.  Any prior criminal records will always be a factor in determining penalties. Moreover, wi th the addition of California's Three Strike Law, repeat offenders will receive longer prison sentence and conviction for the third time may result to life sentence.  However, for cannabis, possession of less than 28.5 grams is considered a misdemeanor .

Find help with Drug Arrest Attorney

For information and help, log on to . We will provide all information that you need about drug related crimes including drug trafficking in California, their penalties and discuss with you possible defenses to lighten the penalty. There are various defenses available for you which include the following:

To throw out the evidences against you in court;

To find means and be eligible for alternative sentencing such as diversion program, probation, proposition 36 or deferred entry of judgment (DEJ).  

All of California Drug Arrest Attorneys are experienced lawyers with more than 30 years in practice. The Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis have build-up a good reputation in resolving drug charges by skillful strategies and superior knowledge about drug laws and criminal offenses. For consultation, dial (213) 687-4412 now!