In August, we wrote about President Trump's promise to declare a national emergency to combat the opioid crisis. And we wondered whether we'd attack the opioids or the people, in the "war on drugs" sense: Will the government lock people away for drug use or will it go after the root causes of opioid addiction and deaths from overdose?
"[W]hy are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today? It's not based on any scientific assessment of the relative risks of these drugs - but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs."
Drug offenses involving heroin are on the rise in Vista Courts. It is a result of it being relatively inexpensive and available from Mexico. It is one of the most addictive and destructive illegal drugs in the world. It is extremely difficult to beat an addiction to the drug and relapses are common. Addicts will do and say anything to get the drug, committing various crimes to feed their habit. Withdrawal can be painful and have severe physical symtoms like pain, diahrea, vomiting, convulsions, muscle and bone. There are detox programs where heroin addicts are given a daily substitute opiate, methodaone and they can function. There are other drugs which help detox like suboxone and vivatrol.
Drug offenses in Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Encinitas vary by locale and from simple possession, possession for sale, sale, transporting, to manufacturing. The criminal penalties go up with the seriousness of the case. A simple possession of some drugs may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case and the individual's background. There may be alternatives to a conviction with treatment or classes through the Diversion process. A person may qualify for "prop 36" treatment if not eligible for Diversion. Prop 36 involves a program, 18 months of probation and utilamately a dismissal. Finally, there is also Drug Court which is an intense program of treatment and monitoring.
If you have been charged with possession of drugs for sale in Escondido, you are facing serious criminal consequences. As experienced North County drug offense attorneys with over 30 years experience, we understand that law enforcement will often arrest an individual for possession for sale charges, even when the drugs in question were clearly not being sold or were "personal use" amounts (simple possession). The presence of other things such as money, plastic bags, scales, cell phone messages or other items may result in more serious felony possession for sale or sale related charges. It is important to call the Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation. There is a huge difference in the way that possession for personal use and possession for sale are treated. We have done hundreds of these cases and know what needs to be done to achieve the best result in drug cases, whether its marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, ecstasy or any other drug.