Drug Crime Attorney in Santa Rosa
Available 24/7 by Phone: Call (707) 418-5352
Have you been charged with a drug crime? Talk to a Santa Rosa drug crime
lawyer at the
Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig. We can walk you through possible defenses and educate you on your rights.
Get hands-on, aggressive advocacy from a team that truly cares about your
future and well-being.
Why Choose Our Santa Rosa Drug Crime Lawyer?
Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ 2015
- 1,000s of criminal cases handled
- Client-centered, aggressive representation
- Free consultation to review your possible defenses
Drug offenses in California are any crimes involving the use, possession,
sale or intent to sell, transportation, manufacturing or distribution
of any number of controlled substances defined in the California Health
& Safety Code. Controlled substance and California drug laws apply
not only to common narcotics and drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine,
crack, MDMA (ecstasy), heroin, opium and LSD, but also to prescription
narcotics such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Valium possessed without a valid
prescription or sold to other individuals. For every charge, there is
a defense. Whatever drug charge you face, let us fight for you.
review your drug charges
for FREE - Call (707) 418-5352 around the clock.
** ATTENTION **
Marijuana Laws in California Have Changed!
With the passing of Proposition 64 on November 8th, 2016, marijuana is now legal for adult recreational use, possession,
and cultivation in California, ending its decades’ long prohibition
and expanding upon its already existing legalization for medical purposes.
Additionally, this legislation has also provided an opportunity for individuals
with past marijuana convictions to pursue a reduction or even full expungement
of their charges from their criminal history.
For more information about this landmark legislation and how it may affect you,
Drug Crime Penalties
A person convicted of drug-related crimes in California faces a variety
of penalties, including:
- Imprisonment in jail or state prison
- Community service
- Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
- Expensive fines and fees
Persons with prior convictions, especially drug-related offenses, may also
face increased penalties. In addition, the government can sometimes seize
your personal property, including vehicles, money, and houses if they
believe it is linked to any illegal narcotics activity. How the crime
is charged and punished depends on the type and quantity of the drugs
involved, whether they were possessed for personal use or for sale, and
if the defendant has any type of criminal record. There are many types
of drug offenses and a wide range of penalties if convicted.
The Search and Seizure Defense
Often the most powerful defense for a drug bust or drug-related crime is
examining the evidence and how it was obtained by law enforcement. Law
enforcement gathers most of their drug-related evidence through "search
The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution ensures every person
the right to be free from unreasonable and illegal searches and seizures
by law enforcement. That means if the police obtained evidence against
you illegally, that evidence cannot be used against you.
This is not automatic! It takes a skilled criminal defense attorney to challenge the search and
seizure evidence obtained in your case in court. Our lead attorney, Evan
E. Zelig, has handled many drug-related offenses as a criminal lawyer
and as a former prosecutor. He knows the procedures and laws necessary
to do everything possible to suppress the evidence against you!
Alternative Sentencing Options
In California, drug treatment is preferred over jail time for non-violent
individuals with a history of drug abuse and committing drug offenses.
Depending on the type of case you are charged with and your prior criminal
record you may be eligible for one of three sentencing alternatives.
The typical sentencing alternatives to jail time include:
Deferred Entry of Judgment (Also known as DEJ or Diversion): California Penal Code section 1000, et seq. This option is generally available
to a criminal defendant with no prior criminal history. The defendant
enters a plea to an agreed-upon charge, but is not sentenced. Therefore,
under California law, there is no "conviction." The case is
put on hold, or "diverted" for a period of 18 months while the
defendant takes a 6-month drug education course and avoids any further
arrests or convictions. If the defendant is successful at the 18 months
program the case is
dismissed after 18 months and results in
no conviction to impact your future!
Proposition 36: California's Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, also known
as "Prop 36," allows first and second time non-violent "simple
drug possession" offenders to receive substance abuse treatment and
counseling instead of going to jail! Treatment under Prop 36 might include
living in a halfway house or other inpatient treatment, but usually consists
of outpatient treatment and educational classes as well as "aftercare"
Drug Court: Drug Court is not available in all jurisdictions and in all courts, but
like the other programs involves supervision and treatment of the criminal
defendant through a number of phases designed to offer the participant
more freedoms and less supervision as he or she completes each phase.
Once the defendant completes the Drug Court program the case is generally
Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved in drug-related
offense, and because there may be sentencing alternatives available to
get you the help you need and avoid a criminal conviction, it is always
in a person's best interest to obtain the advice and services of a
criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully
fight drug crime charges.
Explore Your Options for Free - Call (707) 418-5352
The Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. is located in downtown Santa Rosa,
California, just minutes from the Sonoma County Courthouse and Jail facilities. We have
handled hundreds of drug offenses and drug-related crimes. We are also accessible by phone 24 hours a day,
7 days a week!
Call our office
today to learn more about your drug case and defenses.