Los Angeles Drug Trafficking Attorney

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Facing drug trafficking charges is a serious matter that requires immediate and experienced legal representation. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, our seasoned attorneys understand the gravity of such charges and are dedicated to providing the most effective defense for our clients. As a leading Los Angeles drug trafficking lawyer, we have a deep understanding of California's drug laws and a proven track record of success in defending against a wide range of drug crimes.

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What is Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking is the illegal production, distribution, transportation, or sale of controlled substances. Unlike simple possession, which may involve small amounts of drugs for personal use, trafficking involves larger quantities and often implies intent to distribute. Drug trafficking can encompass a variety of activities, including manufacturing drugs, transporting them across state or national borders, and selling them within a community.

To secure a conviction for drug trafficking, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. Possession: The defendant had control over the controlled substance.
  2. Quantity: The amount of the drug in question meets or exceeds the threshold set by law, indicating intent to distribute rather than personal use.
  3. Intent to Distribute: There must be evidence showing that the defendant intended to sell, transport, or distribute the drug. This can be demonstrated through large quantities of drugs, packaging materials, scales, ledgers, or large sums of cash.
  4. Knowledge: The defendant knew that the substance in their possession was a controlled substance.

What are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking in California?

California imposes severe penalties for drug trafficking, reflecting the serious nature of this offense. First-time offenders may face a prison sentence between 3, 6, or 9 years and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Additionally, if the alleged trafficking involved selling or transporting narcotics to and from different states or countries, then the federal court may have jurisdiction in the case. A conviction in federal court can result in a federal prison sentence of up to 40 years and a fine not exceeding $5 million for an individual or $25 million for a group.

What are the Legal Defenses to Drug Trafficking?

A skilled Los Angeles drug trafficking lawyer can employ several defenses to challenge the charges. Some common legal defenses include:

  1. Lack of Knowledge: Arguing that the defendant was unaware that they were in possession of drugs.
  2. Entrapment: Claiming that law enforcement induced the defendant to commit a crime they would not have otherwise committed.
  3. Illegal Search and Seizure: Challenging the legality of the evidence obtained, arguing that it was acquired through an unlawful search or seizure, violating the Fourth Amendment.
  4. Insufficient Evidence: Demonstrating that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
  5. Violation of Rights: Arguing that the defendant’s rights were violated during the investigation or arrest process, such as not being read Miranda rights.

Why Choose Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners?

Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference when facing drug trafficking charges. Here’s why Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners should be your first choice:

  • Experience: With decades of experience handling complex drug trafficking cases, our attorneys have the expertise to craft a strong defense strategy.
  • Personalized Attention: We understand that every case is unique. Our lawyers work closely with each client to understand their specific circumstances and develop a tailored defense.
  • Proven Track Record: Our firm has successfully defended numerous clients against drug trafficking charges, achieving favorable outcomes including reduced charges, dismissals, and acquittals.
  • Aggressive Defense: We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and fighting aggressively on their behalf in and out of the courtroom.
  • Comprehensive Support: From the moment you contact us, we provide comprehensive legal support, guiding you through every step of the legal process and ensuring you are informed and prepared.

If you or a loved one is facing drug trafficking charges in Los Angeles, it is crucial to seek expert legal representation immediately. The consequences of a conviction are severe, but with the right lawyer by your side, you can fight the charges and protect your future.

Contact Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners at (213) 481-6811 today for a free consultation. Let our experienced Los Angeles drug trafficking lawyers help you navigate this challenging time.


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