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At the criminal defense Law Offices of Winston K. McKesson, he handles drug cases in all California courts. Mr. McKesson is very well suited for defending drug cases, having developed a sharp strategic understanding in his 30 years of practice. In the unfortunate circumstance that you have become entangled with the law due to a drug possession charges, you should hire a professional and qualified attorney.
Mr. McKesson has represented clients facing drug charges throughout the years, and his number one focus is getting your drug charges dismissed, reduced, or finding you a method of alternative sentencing.
What is considered Drug Possession?
In California, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is classified as a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $100. Possessing anything more than that, the penalties can be much more stringent.
More and more, judges are starting to understand that prosecuting drug offenders as criminals is not an effective way of dealing with the problem. Alternative sentencing programs such as those defined in Prop. 36 are much more effective and slowly becoming the standard.
We defend all types of drug possession charges including:
- Marijuana Possession
- Cocaine Possession
- Methamphetamine Possession
- Possession of Narcotics
- Possession of Illegal Prescription Drugs
What is Cultivation?
Cultivation is the growing of any amount of marijuana and is considered a felony in California. If the marijuana is grown for personal use (there is no intent to sell or profit), then the defendant may be eligible for a drug diversion program under California Penal Code Section 1000. Manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine or marijuana, is illegal under federal and state laws (with limited exceptions for marijuana in certain states). Drug “manufacturing,” in a criminal law setting, occurs when an individual is involved in any step of the illicit drug production process. Those who sell certain precursor chemicals, specialized equipment, or simply offer to help produce drugs also may be charged with the crime.
This is a serious charge and must be handled with the utmost care. Federal law overrides all state law and even if you are growing the marijuana for the medical industry, you can be charged under federal statutes. The same goes with cultivation of Methamphetamines.
Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute
“Possession with intent” indicates that an individual has a quantity of drugs that is in excess of what can be used for personal consumption. Whether you “intend” to distribute or not has little or no affect on how the police, district attorney and the criminal courts will treat your case.
We defend all types of drug possession with intent to distribute charges:
- Possession of Illegal Prescription Drugs with Intent
- Methamphetamine Possession with Intent
- Marijuana Possession with Intent
- Cocaine Possession with Intent
- Possession of Narcotics with Intent
Winston K. McKesson is available 24 hours a day — Call today to set up your free case evaluation