San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney Protecting Defendants’ Rights
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that is recognized as being extremely addictive. For this reason, individuals who illegally use, distribute, sell or perform other illegal activities in relation to this drug can face serious consequences. It is important for California residents to understand the state’s laws regarding methamphetamine-related drug crimes, as well as their options for challenging charges for such crimes.
I am a San Jose criminal defense attorney who is familiar with California’s drug laws. By working with me, Edward N. Ajlouny, you can gain a better understanding of your charges and the best steps going forward to protect yourself. Below, I have provided important information you should know when you are dealing with a methamphetamine-related criminal case.
Methamphetamine goes by many different names, such as meth, speed and chalk. Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, inhaled or taken orally, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The crystal form of methamphetamine, which is smoked, is also commonly called crystal, glass, ice and tina. This drug is believed to lead to higher blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and a number of different psychological problems. The drug is also associated with long-term effects that can include memory loss and severe mental disorders. Some people are arrested and convicted for illegally manufacturing methamphetamine through “meth lab” operations, which can be carried out in homes, garages or various other locations.
Methamphetamine is considered a controlled Schedule II controlled substance. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s definition, a controlled substance in this category is a drug that has a high potential for abuse and that can lead to “severe psychological and physical dependence.” Schedule II drugs can be medically prescribed, though there are many individuals who use these drugs illegally.
Types of Offenses and Penalties
The types of penalties that can be given for a methamphetamine-related conviction will depend on various factors, such as the type of illegal activity carried out and the offender’s criminal history. A few of the offenses that can be charged in relation to methamphetamine include possession, possession with the intent to sell, selling, manufacturing, trafficking and many others. Certain offenses, such as trafficking, can be much more serious, particularly since they tend to involve much larger amounts of the drug.
Penalties for methamphetamine-related convictions can include probation, months or years in jail or prison, expenses fines (which can reach thousands of dollars), drug counseling programs and more. Penalties can become enhanced if the crime was committed in certain locations, such as at or around a school or playground. A knowledgeable San Jose criminal defense attorney can describe the specific penalties you might facing in greater detail.
How a Strong San Jose Methamphetamine Defense Lawyer Can Help
Being labeled as a “drug offender” can be very stigmatizing. Furthermore, having a criminal record can serve as a major roadblock for you in the future, potentially affecting your ability to obtain certain jobs or housing. These are just a few of the reason why it is important to turn to a strong San Jose methamphetamine attorney when you are accused of a methamphetamine-related crime, or any other criminal offense.
When I take on your case, I use the most effective defense strategies for challenging your charges. In some cases, it is possible to show that there is a lack of evidence to convict the client, and he or she is able to walk away from the situation without a conviction or any penalties. In other cases, it is sometimes in the client’s best interest to work with the prosecution to get charges reduced, or to get probation and a drug program in place of incarceration. Contact me for a free case evaluation so we can work together and determine your best course of action!