Drug Possession Protecting Santa Barbara's Rights, One Case At a Time

Santa Barbara Possession Defense Lawyer

Possession Defense Attorney in Santa Barbara

In the state of California, it is illegal to possess controlled substances. There are three types of possession. These include actual possession, referring to having direct and immediate control over the substance, constructive possession refers to drugs being found in a location over which you had control, joint possession is when you and another person shared actual or constructive possession.

No matter what type of possession charges you are facing, it is extremely important that you have a Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney to assist with your case. My name is Adam L. Pearlman and as a former District Attorney myself, I know how a prosecutor thinks and how they make decisions. Now I use that information to help clients like you get the aggressive criminal defense they need for their cases.

Penalties for Drug Possession

To be charged for drug possession, one doesn't just have to possess illegal drugs. A person can be charged for possessing any drug they don't have a prescription for, including those used for medicinal purposes.

The types of drugs that a person can be charged for include:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • OxyContin
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Ecstasy
  • Hashish
  • Morphine
  • Steroids

Anyone accused of drug possession knows that it can be a frightening experience. Charged as a either a felony or misdemeanor (depending upon the type of drugs involved), it can carry severe penalties including fines up to $1,000, up to one year in a county jail, or up to three years in a state prison.

Despite how hopeless it may seem when you are facing these charges, there are defenses that could be identified if I review your case and all evidence. Getting involved early in the case can be a crucial factor in the final case outcome. I will fight for you from the moment of your arrest.

Contact a Santa Barbara possession defense lawyer if you have been charged with possessing a controlled substance and are seeking skilled legal representation.

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