It can be extremely difficult to understand your legal rights if you are the subject of a drug crime investigation. Under no circumstances should you speak with the police without having an attorney present, even if you believe it will help you. If you have been arrested, the phrase “I want a lawyer” should immediately stop all police questioning.
Being arrested for a drug crime could result in criminal charges ranging from simple possession to drug sales, transportation, manufacturing, and other crimes. California has developed treatment-based alternatives for many drug crimes. But penalties for repeat offenders -- or those who sell or traffic large quantities of controlled substances -- can be substantial, including prison time.
Criminal defense attorney Michael Coffino has experience defending drug crimes of all kinds -- from minor misdemeanor possession cases to Department of Homeland Security cases involving international drug cartels accused of moving hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine.
There are many potential defenses to drug crimes. Did the police entrap you into selling drugs? Did they arrest the wrong person? Can they prove you knew drugs were present on your person, or in your home or vehicle? Did they use informants who lied or received special favors? Proof that a person intended to sell drugs -- rather than simply use or share them with friends -- generally requires detailed evidence of plans, a history of sales and contacts with suppliers and end users.
For drug addicts or people without extensive prior convictions, California law favors treatment over punishment and medical science increasingly views drug addiction as a treatable illness, rather than simply a crime. Consequently, treatment and diversion out of the criminal system can mean no conviction on your record and no jail time. The Law Office of Michael Coffino is committed to finding jail alternatives for clients who are motivated to receive drug treatment and rehabilitation.
Michael Coffino has assisted hundreds of clients in resolving their narcotics cases efficiently and fairly. He serves clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Marin County, Sonoma County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Napa County and others, He provides a free and confidential consultation so that you can learn more about your legal options and how he can help you cope with the stress of the situation. To schedule your free consultation call us at 415-786-9703 or contact us online to get started.