Drug Offenses

Law enforcement resources and determination to ferret out, arrest and jail narcotics offenders can be daunting. It is essential that an individual under investigation or charged with drug possession, transportation, manufacturing or sales retain an effective lawyer, one with resources, a depth of knowledge and fierce determination to meet the challenge.

The lawyers at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP have the experience, legal knowledge and tenacious determination to successfully defend individuals accused of narcotics violations, which can involve either street or prescription drugs.

Vigorous Defense Of Constitutional Rights

It often happens, that in their zeal to enforce narcotics laws, police officers deliberately or mistakenly overstep their constitutional authority in the search of persons, homes, vehicles or personal belongings, or in seizing evidence or contraband. There are remedies for violations of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as companion constitutional and statutory protections in California. Evidence of drug sales or trafficking or contraband seized in violation of these protections can be excluded by the court from use against an accused.

The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP, are skilled constitutional lawyers, committed to defending every person's right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as guaranteed by the Constitution. The firm fights aggressively to have charges reduced or dismissed, or to develop alternatives to conviction and punishment.

  • Drug possession: The firm defends clients accused of all possessory offenses, which might involve a wide range of drugs (prescribed and illicit street drugs) and associated paraphernalia, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
  • Drug manufacturing and transportation: These offenses can be much more serious, may be excluded from diversion or other alternative prosecution programs, and can, without a successful defense, result in a commitment to county jail or state prison.
  • Drug enhancements: There are circumstances under which the conviction of a drug offense might carry enhanced penalties and/or denial of probation. These circumstances are alleged by prosecutors as "enhancements," and can include excessive weight clauses, gang affiliations or activities, use of weapons or firearms.
  • Drug diversion and rehabilitation programs: There are many circumstances under which a first-time or low-grade controlled substance offender might qualify for treatment or education in lieu of prosecution and punishment. A skilled defense lawyer can many times secure these alternatives on behalf of a client, even under circumstances that might not initially qualify.

Registering As A Drug Offender

California's Health and Safety Code requires that individuals convicted of specified drug offenses register as narcotics offenders with their local law enforcement agencies. This can be an onerous and embarrassing obligation, not to mention a circumstance that can raise the profile of a registrant to that of a suspect when police undertake future narcotics investigations.

The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP know what it takes to avoid registration as a drug offender, and will do everything legally possible to ensure that a client is never subjected to this obligation.

Protect Your Constitutional Rights

If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a drug offense, contact the skilled constitutional lawyers at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP immediately. Remember: The best way to avoid an impending arrest, prosecution, conviction, imprisonment and/or registration as a drug offender is to begin your defense as early as possible.

Attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact them today for a free initial consultation.

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