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Drug Crimes can be broken down into categories according to the type of drug you are caught in possession of. An experienced criminal drug crimes attorney can help you avoid jail time by getting you into an alternative sentencing program. Alternative Sentencing programs include PC1000, otherwise known as diversion, Proposition 36, otherwise known as Prop 36, and Drug Court. All the above include attending some form of drug treatment program and/or live in facility rather than going to jail. Upon completion of the program your case can be dismissed. It is extremely important to hire an attorney who has the experience required to get the charged against you reduced or changed so that you may qualify for one of these programs. Some of the major drug crimes our attorneys handle are listed below.

Health & Safety Code §11352 and §11379 – Transportation of Narcotics, Sale of Narcotics, or Distribution of Narcotics.

Except as otherwise provided in this division, every person who transports, imports into this state, sells, furnishes, administers, or gives away, or offers to transport, import into this state, sell, furnish, administer, or give away, or attempts to import into this state or transport any controlled substance, unless upon the written prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian licensed to practice in this state, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, four, or five years.

If you or your loved one has been charged with Transportation, Sale, or Distribution of Narcotics in Los Angeles or Orange County, please call the Law Offices of Ryan Rodriguez immediately.  As a Los Angeles and Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney, Ryan Rodriguez is experienced at defending Drug Cases in southern California and giving you the representation you need.

Health & Safety Code §11351 and §11351.5 – Possession of Cocaine for Sale.

Every person who possesses for sale or purchases for purposes of sale cocaine base shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a period of three, four, or five years.


If you or your loved one has been charged with Possession of Cocaine in Los Angeles or Orange County, please call the Law Offices of Ryan Rodriguez immediately.  As an Orange County and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Ryan Rodriguez is experienced at defending possession of drug arrests in Orange Count and Los Angeles and giving you the representation you need.

Health and Safety Code §11378 – Possession of Methamphetamines for Sale

Every person who possesses for sale or purchases for purposes of sale methamphetamines shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison.

If you or your loved one has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamines in Orange County and Los Angeles, please call the Law Offices of Ryan Rodriguez immediately.  As an Orange County and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Ryan Rodriguez is experienced at defending all types of possession of drug arrests in Orange County and Los Angeles and giving you the representation you need.

Health & Safety Code §11360(a) - Marijuana Sales 

Except as otherwise provided by this section or as authorized by law, every person who transports, imports into this state, sells, furnishes, administers, or gives away, or offers to transport, import into this state, sell, furnish, administer, or give away, or attempts to import into this state or transport any marijuana shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a period of two, three or four years.  Except as authorized by law, every person who gives away, offers to give away, transports, offers to transport, or attempts to transport not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis, is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).

Health & Safety Code §11359 - Possession for Sale of Marijuana

Every person who possesses for sale any marijuana, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison.

Health & Safety Code §11358 - Marijuana Cultivation 


Any individual who plants, cultivates, harvests, dries, or processes any marijuana or any part thereof, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison.

Marijuana means all or part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, whether growing or not, including the seeds and resin extracted from any part of the plant. [It also includes every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin.] [It does not include the mature stalks of the plant; fiber produced from the stalks; oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant; any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake; or the sterilized seed of the plant, which is incapable of germination.]

Compassionate Use Defense of Marijuana Cultivation

Possession of marijuana is lawful if authorized by the Compassionate Use Act. In order for the Compassionate Use Act to apply, the defense must produce evidence tending to show that (his/her) possession or cultivation of marijuana was (for personal medical purposes / or as the primary caregiver of a patient with a medical need) with a physician's recommendation or approval. The amount of marijuana possessed must be reasonably related to the patient's current medical needs. If you have a reasonable doubt about whether the individual's possession or cultivation of marijuana was unlawful under the Compassionate Use Act, you must find the individual not guilty.

A primary caregiver is someone who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of a patient who may legally possess or cultivate marijuana.

Fighting a Possession of Marijuana 11359 HS Case

Most HS 11359 cases involve a dispute as to the purpose for the marijuana possession—whether it was held for sale or personal use. The differences between possession for sale or personal use can mean the difference between not only a felony or misdemeanor, but also the difference on whether you go to state prison or not.

A good marijuana defense attorney in Los Angeles or Orange County knows how to identify all the factors that support the case that the possession was not for purposes of sale.

If you have been arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sales, Transportation of Marijuana, or Cultivation of Marijuana in Los Angeles or Orange County, call the Law Offices of Ryan Rodriguez.  As a Los Angeles and Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney, Ryan Rodriguez will give you the representation you need to make sure your rights and freedom are not put at jeopardy.
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