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In California, a drug crime conviction can give you a criminal record, cost you thousands in fines, and even send you to jail or state prison. Your life can be permanently damaged. Where can you turn? Experienced Los Angeles drug crime attorney, Douglas Miranda will aggressively defend you and work hard to protect your future if you face a drug charge in southern California. Douglas Miranda has more than a decade of legal experience with a wide range of misdemeanor and felony drug cases. He’s a knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with a documented record of success. Mr. Miranda represents clients facing a variety of criminal charges related to drugs, including but not limited to:

  • possession;
  • possession with intent to sell;
  • trafficking;
  • manufacturing;
  • sale and distribution; and
  • prescription-related drug crimes.

In recent decades, drug laws have expanded so that “drug law” is now a complex legal field. Cases are more technical and scientific, and the related legal issues generate considerable debate. In Los Angeles county, drug crimes can now include conspiracy, trafficking, and even manufacturing as well as sale and possession charges. The penalties for a drug-related crime hinge on the nature of the crime. For example, were weapons, violence, or injuries involved? The suspect’s prior convictions, and the quantity of illegal drugs involved (was the quantity suggestive of personal use or drug sales) are also taken into consideration.


There are a number of laws that govern how drug crimes are enforced and penalized in California.

It is a felony to possess controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Xanax, with the intent to sell them to others. Possession of controlled substances with the intent to sell is punishable by up to four years in jail and a $20,000 fine. Unlike possession laws, you are not eligible for drug diversion programs in the place of jail time if you are convicted of possession with the intent to sell.

It is also a felony to possess marijuana with the intent to sell it to others. If you are convicted of this crime, you may face up to three years in county jail.

In order to prove that you had the intent to sell, prosecutors must show that you had “indicia of sale,” which can include:

  • Scales;
  • A large amount of cash, especially bills in small denominations;
  • Packaging the drug in small bags;
  • Evidence that a lot of people were visiting you but only staying for a few minutes; and
  • Excessively large quantities of the controlled substance that could not possibly be consumed by one person.

But, possession with the intent to sell is not the only drug crime that you can be charged with in California. Possession of drugs, even without the intent to sell, is illegal in California.

It is illegal in California to have controlled substances, a crime known as possession of controlled substances. Controlled substances can include narcotics and illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and LSD, but it also includes prescription drugs that are illegally in your possession such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Valium and Xanax. Possession of a controlled substance is usually a misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that you will receive a drug diversion program instead of being sentenced to jail.

Methamphetamines are not covered under the possession of a controlled substance law, however it is still illegal to have them. Methamphetamines include any anabolic steroid, GHB, PCP, ketamine and other stimulants. Simple possession of methamphetamines, which means you did not have the intent to sell the drugs, is usually a misdemeanor and may be punished by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If the drugs were solely for your use, you may be eligible to go through a drug diversion program in place of jail time, however this is never a guarantee.

Possession of marijuana is also illegal in California, that is, unless you are legally permitted to use it medicinally. If you are found in possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana, this is an infraction and punishable by a $100 fine. If you have more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, it is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine. Concentrated cannabis possession can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor charge of concentrated cannabis possession, you could face up to one year in county jail and a $500 fine. If you are convicted of a felony concentrated cannabis possession, you could face up to three years in jail, but no fine.

This is not an exhaustive list of drug laws in California. There are many more drug laws in the state of California, and all of them carry severe consequences that could affect you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact an experienced Los Angeles drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible.


If you are charged with any drug crime, you need a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney – Los Angeles drug crime attorney Douglas Miranda. Although there is never a guarantee in any particular criminal case, sometimes the charges can be dropped or reduced in drug cases and you’ll face fewer consequences. Even if the evidence is overwhelming and you’re convicted, Los Angeles drug crime lawyer, Douglas Miranda will negotiate for leniency and alternative sentencing. For over a decade, he’s effectively represented clients facing drug charges in Los Angeles and across southern California.


Los Angeles drug crime attorneyIf you’ve been charged with any drug crime or drug-related crime in southern California, put an experienced Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney to work for you. After assessing your case, Douglas Miranda will explain your legal alternatives and present the most effective possible defense.

At the Miranda Rights Law Firm, we take our responsibility to clients seriously, and we put our experience to work for you. To schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Los Angeles drug crime attorney, send an email, or call 213-255-5838. Se habla español.