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A conviction of a drug crime can result in a misdemeanor or felony punishment depending on the drug involved, amount and intent for the drug. Penalties are generally judged based on California State drug laws as well as the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, you could be facing jail time, imprisonment, many hours of community service, and hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fines.

James S. Lochead has helped many clients avoid these harsh penalties and may be able to do the same for you. He represents clients facing charges for drug possession, felony cocaine charges, trafficking, intent to sell or drug dealing, DUI of drugs, drug manufacturing or marijuana cultivation, prescription fraud, and more. Even if you are facing a Third Strike situation, he may be able to help. The Law Offices of James S. Lochead works day and night for clients because he knows how serious these charges are and how negatively they may impact your life.

Marijuana Crimes

The State of California has its own specific set of laws pertaining to marijuana drug crimes such as possession, dealing, and cultivation. If you have been charged with a growing crime or possession of marijuana, you could be facing harsh penalties. James S. Lochead, drug crime attorney, has represented clients in need of aggressive and dedicated defense with success in a variety of criminal matters concerning marijuana.

Cultivation of marijuana, or growing marijuana in a green house or other location, and possession of cannabis plants is illegal in the state of California. The only allowance for such practices is for those with a license to possess or grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. Cultivation of marijuana is a felony and can result in a sentence of up to three years in prison or fines in the thousands of dollars. Anything from processing the dried plant to the possession of seeds can mean an arrest and punishment.

Possession, drug related DUI, trafficking or any dealing of weed, pot, or joints can be a felony offense depending on the amount that is involved. Possession of smaller amounts of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor. If prosecutors are able to prove there was intent to sell the drug, felony penalties may be imposed and expensive fines, imprisonment, and other punishment.

Prescription Drug Crimes

A prescription fraud lawyer can help you understand the details of this crime, as it may pertain to your specific case. In general, prescription fraud is the felony offense of altering a doctor’s prescription, illegal use of a doctor’s prescription pad to write fraudulent prescriptions for drugs, or producing a fake prescription in order to obtain prescription drugs. Whether this has done for the purpose of selling drugs or personal use, drugs like Ritalin, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Diazepam, Percocet, Xanax, and Methodone are among the most popular of prescription drugs you could be seeing significant prison time for if there is a conviction. These prescription drugs are not only dangerous, they can be highly addictive, and many who seek them illegally had become hooked on them by a legal prescription from a doctor.

A conviction for prescription drug fraud or illegal sales of prescription drugs can mean harsh and even extreme penalties in the California Justice System. Make sure you have the Law Offices of James S. Lochead there by your side and dedicated to helping you achieve the best outcome for your case – don’t be a victim of the system.

Third-Strike Drug Offense

An offense is considered a third strike if it is the third felony committed after two prior serious or violent felony convictions. The third felony does not even have to be serious or violent. Many drug offenses are felonies including possession of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, crack or large amounts of marijuana; dealing and selling, trafficking or distributing controlled substances, and other related drug crimes. Some of these felony drug crimes are considered “serious” while others are not. Nevertheless, if a person has two serious drug crime convictions on his or her record and is convicted of a third felony drug crime such as possession of even small amounts of drugs, that person could receive life in prison.

Don’t face a third strike drug offense alone, the Law Offices of James S. Lochead can help explain your rights and provide an aggressive approach to defend your case. You must act now in cases as serious as this, call today for a free consultation.