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    As a former Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County, Mr. Donath has always been on the defense side of the law. 

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    Top 100 Trial Attorneys in California 2012-2014, 2008 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, and dozens of other awards and accolades.

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    Your lawyer should have a passion for defense, not just a passion for money. Reputation, vigor, and determination go a long way in this business.

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Riverside Drug Sales and Possession for Sale Lawyer

Accusations of selling drugs or possessing them with the intent to sell can easily impact your life for years. The Drug Enforcement Agency arrests more than 30,000 people annually for the alleged sale and possession of narcotics. More than 32% of all inmates in state prisons across the country were under the influence of or in possession of drugs when arrested; in federal prisons, it is above 25%. Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are three of the most commonly seized drugs.

Under California law, a person found in possession of an ounce or less of non-concentrated cannabis could be charged with a minimum $100 fine. Selling illegal drugs (or intending to) usually involves increased fines and jail times. For possession, the type of drug is a factor. Penalties for these crimes also depend on how much was confiscated in addition to other circumstances. For example, jail time may increase if you are accused of intent to sell near a school. Depending on the situation, possession with intent to sell may be a felony.

Is There a Defense?

At the law offices of award-winning defense attorney Graham Donath, our job is to defend you so an accusation has the least negative impact possible. There are several defensible reasons why individuals may be carrying drugs at the time of their accusations. These include:

  • Medical necessity. California has the largest network of businesses in the nation serving medical marijuana patients. The state legislature is working on the rules to govern this booming industry. If you have a medical cannabis prescription from your physician, bring it along with any other evidence (such as medical records) to your consultation.
  • Doctor’s prescription. This could apply to medical marijuana as well as any narcotic that, when taken improperly, could result in addiction. If your physician prescribed you a narcotic but did not warn you of the addictive potential, tell your attorney. Additionally, tell us if you suspect your physician knowingly increased your dosage of an addictive narcotic or prescribed one for you even though your medical history indicated such a prescription would harm you.
  • Problems with lab analysis. This could occur if a faulty medical lab test came up positive for drugs, if results were misread, or if the lab made any other mistake.
  • Unlawful search and seizure. Tell your attorney if you believe you were searched unlawfully or if a search resulted in unlawful seizure of drugs. Describe the circumstances in as much detail as you can remember.
  • Improper police conduct. The police should not abuse their subjects in any way. Let your attorney know if law enforcement physically harmed you during a search or if you believe they manipulated lab results or other tests to show you were using drugs.

What to Do Now?

Do not destroy evidence. If you face charges of possessing drugs or intending to sell them, trying to destroy evidence could make you look suspicious and increase the charges and penalties you face. For example, destroying evidence could upgrade an alleged crime from a misdemeanor to a felony. Do not voluntarily submit to drug tests or other testing, and do not communicate with law enforcement officials unless an attorney is present. Gather any documents that might help your case, such as a written statement from your doctor testifying to the medical necessity of the drugs in question.

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If you face charges of drug possession or intent to sell in Riverside or Orange County, contact the Law Offices of Graham Dothan immediately. Donath is a board-certified specialist in criminal law – one of only a small number in California – and he has successfully defended many drug-related cases.