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Drug Crimes

Drug Related Crimes 

Los Angeles defense attorney specializing in drug related criminal charges. He is a trusted criminal defense attorney with a vast knowledge of the legal system. His experience in handling drug-related cases has helped him build trust with his clients. RJ is known for securing a favorable outcome for his clients, regardless if the facts and evidence are stacked against them.

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Crimes related to illegal drugs are common in today’s society. Drug crimes can be tried as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Persons convicted of drug-related offenses are usually to blame for the overcrowding of America’s correctional facilities. Due to this, drug sentences are often lower than normal. Law enforcement and prosecutors are working diligently to make sure drugs are kept off the streets, preventing more danger among the community.

Types of Drug Crimes

There are four types of drug related crimes: possession, manufacturing, transportation (or distribution), and selling. The following drugs are considered ILLEGAL to possess, manufacture or sell:





-Other illegal drugs (prescription drugs such as oxycodone, LSD, etc.)

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Drug Crimes

Since drug crimes can be either a misdemeanor or felony, it can be distinguished based on the type of drug related to the crime. The following crimes are determined by either a misdemeanor or felony:


Possession and Cultivation: Possession of one gram or less of marijuana can carry a penalty of a $100 fine. Possession of more than one gram can lead to a six month jail sentence and a $500. The same penalties apply if you are convicted for cultivating marijuana.

Sale of Marijuana: Selling and distributing marijuana in California is considered a felony. If convicted of this crime, the penalty is four years in jail.

Notice Regarding Proposition 215: Proposition 215 was passed to approve the legalization of marijuana in medical situations. A notice from a doctor will exempt you from charges relating to possession and cultivation. You must also be issued a marijuana health card from your county government office.


Possession and selling: Possession of cocaine is considered a felony. A conviction of this crime can result in $20,000 in fines and four years in jail. However, if you sell cocaine under special circumstances such as the sale occurring near a school, drug treatment facility, or possess more than one gram of cocaine, the penalty can be up to twenty-five (25) years in prison.

Transportation/Distribution: Transportation and/or distribution of cocaine are both felonies that are punishable up to nine years in prison if the cocaine is transported across more than two counties in California. If the cocaine transported weighs 2.2 pounds or more, the penalty can be a prison sentence of three (3) to twenty-five (25) years.


Possession and selling: Possession of heroin in California is a felony. Persons convicted of heroin possession face anywhere between sixteen (16) months to three (3) years in prison. However, those convicted can be required to take part in a drug diversion program in lieu of serving prison time. Persons who are convicted for purchasing or selling heroin may face stiffer penalties than a simple possession. Depending on the amount of heroin bought or sold, a prison sentence can be set anywhere between three (3) to twenty-five (25) years.

Transportation/Distribution: Any person convicted of transporting or distributing heroin across two counties in California can face up to nine (9) years in prison. If the heroin exceeds 14 grams, a fine of $50,000 is added.

Defend Yourself

Prosecutors often have a burden to prove whether the defendant is guilty of a drug crime. If accused or charged with any of the drug crimes listed above, it is highly recommended to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

Free Consultation and Case Review

Defenses for a drug possession charge usually involve a challenge to the evidence seized by police during arrest. The laws surrounding searches and seizures are complex, so sometimes a case is destroyed due to errors made by law enforcement officers during the collection of evidence. If any rights are violated during the arrest, a drug possession charge may be dismissed completely. Other potential defense strategies are also available, making it critical to choose a drug possession criminal defense attorney to represent you who has extensive experience in drug possession defense.

If you have been arrested or charged with drug possession in the Los Angeles area, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer R.J. Manuelian. With extensive experience and successful outcomes in the representation of drug possession clients, R.J. is fully equipped to see that your drug possession case is handled properly. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with defense of a drug possession charged, contact R.J. for a free consultation of your case today.

Manuelian Law Firm

Address:633 W 5th Street #5710, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: (213) 248-6784

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