If you or a loved one is facing charges for heroin possession in Orange County, you are probably experiencing significant stress and fear. The charges you face are serious and the consequences of a conviction are severe. It is important that you do not face this challenge alone. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
It is important to review the charges you are facing with your attorney. If you were arrested with a small amount of heroin, you are likely facing possession charges. If, however, you stored the drugs in a manner that appears as if you planned on selling the drugs, or if you had more drugs than you could use personally, you may face possession with intent to sell charges. There is no set quantity of heroin that automatically changes a simple possession case to a possession with intent sell case. It is at the discretion of law enforcement to determine the severity of your charges.
Whichever heroin-related charges you are facing, there is a likelihood of a prison sentence. You may also face severe fines. Heroin is a Schedule 1 substance, which means that it is considered one of the most dangerous drugs around. Anyone found in violation of Health and Safety Code 11350, can face 16 months to three years in state prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Felony heroin charges can result in up four years in state prison. If more than one kilogram is discovered and the authorities believe the drugs were going to be sold, you may face up to 25 years in state prison and a fine of up to $8,000,000.
With legal assistance you may be able to fight the charges or negotiate for alternative sentencing. Certain individuals can are eligible to participate in a California drug diversion program in lieu of serving a prison term. Once the program is completed, the charges may be dismissed.
Being charged is not the same as being convicted. Contact an experienced Orange County drug crime defense lawyer to understand your rights and act to protect them.
David A. Stein is skilled criminal defense attorney with a track record of obtaining very successful outcomes for his clients. If you have been accused of a crime or need help with any criminal matter, contact our law offices today at (949) 445-0040 for a consultation.