Los Angeles & Ventura County Drug Defense Attorney
DRUG CRIMES

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience handling drug offense cases.

How to Defend Drug Crimes
Jennifer Monroe is a former Major Narcotics Prosecutor and is very familiar with what the prosecutor has to prove and what their weaknesses are in drug cases. In order to properly defend a drug case you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to attack whether you actually knowingly possessed, transported, sold, or possessed for sale the drugs. If you are addicted to drugs or have a drug problem you also need an experienced attorney who will negotiate treatment instead of jail.

You may be eligible for a dismissal or lesser charge that qualifies you for a drug program or other jail alternative. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:

  • Fight to protect your rights.
  • Research the defenses that apply to your case.
  • Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
  • Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate. 
  • Present mitigating factors about you and your case to the judge and prosecutor.
  • Negotiate the best possible result for your case.

Common Drug Crimes
Below you will find a list of some of the most common drug crimes. All references are to the Health and Safety Code (hs) and Business and Professions Code (bp). Click on each crime to learn more about their definitions, penalties, and how Jennifer Monroe can help you.

The following summaries are intended to give you an overview of what you may be facing, but does not include all of the consequences and potential defenses. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly for more information about the crimes listed and to see if you are eligible for a drug program.

Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy:

Marijuana:

Other Drug Offenses:

Possession of Controlled Substance/Drugs – California Health and Safety Code 11350 hs, 11377 hs, California Business and Professions Code 4060 bp

Simple possession of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, or and any prescription medication not proscribed to you requires possession or control, or had the right to control the controlled substance.

Simple possession of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, are Ecstasy are felonies violations of Health and Safety Code 11350 hs and 11377 hs and punishable up to 3 years in jail.

Possession of a prescription medication is a misdemeanor violation of Business and Professions code 4060 bp, and punishable up to six months in jail.

Possession for Sale of Controlled Substance/Drugs – California Health and Safety Code 11351 hs, 11378 hs
Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, or Ecstasy requires possession or control or the right to control the controlled substance with the intent to sell the controlled substance.

Possession for Sale of a Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, or Ecstasy are felony violations of California Health and Safety Code 11351 hs, 11378 hs and are punishable up to 4 years in jail. There are also weight enhancements that can result in additional years in jail.

Sale of a Controlled Substance/Drug / Transportation of a Controlled Substance/Drug – California Health and Safety Code 11352 hs, 11379 hs

Sale of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, or Ecstasy is often proved when an officer observes a drug sale take place or an undercover officer or informant makes a controlled buy from someone who sells drugs.

Transportation of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, or Ecstasy only requires that the drugs are inside a vehicle and the vehicle is moved from one place to another. As soon as you pull out of your driveway a cop could stop you and if drugs were located in the vehicle you could be charged with Transportation even if you only had a small amount.

Sale or transportation of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, or Ecstasy are felony violations of California Health and Safety code 11352 pc, or 11379 pc punishable up to 5 years in jail. There are also weight enhancements that can result in additional years in jail.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – California Health and Safety Code 11364 hs, California Business and Professions Code 4160 bp
Possession of drug paraphernalia includes the possession of crack pipes or other drug paraphernalia to use, ingest, or inject a controlled substance such as methamphetamine, cocaine, or heroin.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor violation of California Health and Safety Code 11364 hs or California Business and Professions Code 4160 bp and is punishable up 6 months in local jail.

Possession of Marijuana or Concentrated Cannabis – California Health and Safety Code 11357 hs
Possession of Marijuana requires possession or control or the right to control the marijuana or cannabis.

Possession of less than an ounce (28.5 grams) of marijuana is an infraction in violation of California Health and Safety Code 11357(b) hs and is punishable by a fine.

Possession of more than an ounce (28.5 grams) of marijuana is a misdemeanor in violation of California Health and Safety Code 11357(c) hs and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and or a fine.

Possession of Concentrated Cannabis is a felony in violation of California Health and Safety Code 11357(a) hs and is punishable by up to1 year in jail.

Possession for Sale of Marijuana – California Health and Safety Code 11359 hs
Possession of for Sale of Marijuana requires possession or control or had the right to control the marijuana with the intent to sell.

Possession for Sale of Marijuana is a felony violation of California Health and Safety Code 11359 hs punishable up to 3 years in jail.

Sale of Marijuana / Transportation of Marijuana – California Health and Safety Code 11360
Sale of Marijuana is often proved when an officer observes a drug sale take place or an undercover officer or informant makes a controlled buy from someone who sells marijuana.

Transportation of Marijuana only requires that the drugs are inside a vehicle and the vehicle is moved from one place to another. As soon as you pull out of your driveway a cop could stop you and if marijuana is located in the vehicle you could be charged with Transportation even if you only had a small amount.

Sale or transportation of Marijuana is a felony violation of California Health and Safety Code 11360 and is punishable up to 4 years in state prison.

Under the Influence of Controlled Substance or Drugs – California Health and Safety Code 11550 hs
Under the influence of a controlled substance such as methamphetamine, cocaine, or heroin is a misdemeanor.
Being under the influence of a controlled substance or drugs is a misdemeanor violation of California Health and Safety Code 11550 hs. Unlike most misdemeanors this crime carries a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail and a maximum of 1 year in county jail.

Los Angeles and Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney
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