The consequences of a heroin-related drug conviction can be life-changing. You could lose your job, your professional license, financial aid if you're a student, and your immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen -- not to mention the criminal penalties that can include jail or prison, and the destruction of your life and family from the addiction.
The Effective Approach We Take in Heroin Cases
After being charged with a heroin-related drug crime, it is important to explore all possible defenses, including search and seizure issues, forensic drug analysis and each individual's background and situation as well as treatment options and programs to mitigate the charges or get them dismissed.
- If you have been charged with possession of a small amount of heroin for personal use, you may be eligible for a diversion program, Proposition 36 or Drug Court treatment. It may also be possible to get charges reduced or to minimize consequences if unable to resolve the case in another way.
- If it appears you possess more heroin than can be used personally, or you are involved in sales, then you are not eligible for some of these dispositions unless we can negotiate a lesser, personal-use possession charge.
- Possession of heroin for personal use
- Possession for sale of heroin
- Sale of heroin
- Conspiracy charges for heroin-related offenses
What Action to Take After Being Accused
The general rule is to not make statements to the police until you discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Christoph Law Offices, our father-son team has 40-plus years of combined experience in defense of heroin charges. We know what needs to be done and how to do it to achieve the best result in your case.
We defend against all drug charges related to heroin. Heroin-related drug charges include:
After being accused of any of these crimes, it's important to contact an attorney immediately.
Consequences of Heroin-Related Convictions in California
Proposition 47, approved by California voters in 2014, makes "non-serious, nonviolent crimes" misdemeanors instead of felonies.
Therefore, most heroin possession for personal use charges are now treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Even so, being convicted of a heroin possession charge still carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, registration as a narcotics offender and significant fines as well as other collateral consequences.
On the other hand, possession for sale of heroin is a felony in California and the consequences are much more serious, including up to a 4 year prison commit.
Additionally, like all drug charges, penalties can be greatly enhanced if a firearm was involved or there is a prior drug sales, possession for sale or a drug transportation record.
We Can Help You Fight the Charges and the Addiction
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available today and the most difficult to maintain sobriety. It destroys lives. Heroin addiction can also lead to other criminal acts that result from addicts trying to get money for the next fix.
Many times professional help and medical assistance can have the most long-lasting results in becoming drug-free. There are drugs like methadone and Suboxone that can reduce the severity of withdrawal and aid in treatment and sobriety along with a treatment plan.
Our lawyers have 40-plus years of combined experience handling hundreds of heroin cases in North County and the surrounding area. Let us help you get the best possible result in your heroin case by helping you to address your charges as well as your addiction.
We Serve Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido in Drug Cases
Call to schedule a free consultation with heroin possession defense lawyers from Christoph Law Offices, across from Vista Courts, at 760-659-2149 or contact us online.