Oakland Drug Crime Attorney
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The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves can provide you with focused and diligent defense if you have been charged with a drug crime. We handle a wide range of misdemeanor and felony drug charges involving all types of drugs, including:
- Any other type of drug
We have substantial experience representing clients facing all types of drug crimes, drawing from years of experience in prosecution as well as in criminal defense. Our drug crime lawyers in Oakland are well-versed in the criminal code and are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients.
In the past, our criminal defense attorneys have been effective at securing positive outcomes for our clients, even in drug cases related to DUI. If this is your first offense you may qualify for drug diversion programs that allow for alternative sentencing that does not include incarceration. Upon completion of the diversion program, these charges can be dismissed.
The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves can handle all types of drug crime cases, including:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Sale of transport of a controlled substance
- Possession for sale of narcotics
- Manufacture of drugs and narcotics
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Know and Protect Your Rights
It is important to understand search and seizure laws and the role they can play in your defense.
Under the Fourth Amendment, you have the right to be protected against unreasonable search and seizures of your home, your property, and your body. Any evidence that was seized unlawfully, such as without probable cause or a warrant, can be deemed inadmissible and thrown out. In drug crime cases, the drugs are usually the evidence. If we can successfully challenge the way evidence was obtained by police officers, then the case against you significantly weakens.
Our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in search and seizures laws, and we can carefully scrutinize the details of the charges, the arrest, and whether police officers followed proper procedures.
Important Tip: NEVER give police consent to search you, and refrain from answering questions from police without an attorney.
What Do Prosecutors Need to Prove in Drug Crime Cases?
In drug crime cases, the burden is on the prosecutor to link you to the alleged drug offense. The prosecutor must establish that you knew, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the drugs were in your presence or that you intended to distribute or sell the drugs.
Prosecutors will typically gather witnesses to testify against you, use forensic evidence, and circumstantial evidence to connect the drugs to you. Circumstantial evidence can include:
- The presence of scales
- Large amounts of cash
- Ledger book
Anything can be evidence if it points to your intent to distribute or manufacture drugs.
However, even with seemingly solid evidence, there are ways to effectively challenge a prosecutor's claim. We may be able to show the unreliability of witness testimony and weak circumstantial evidence. Our law firm is known for our creative applications of the law and sophisticated defenses.
Were Your Assets Seized?
Criminal asset forfeiture is common in drug crime cases in California. We see just how the powerful the government is - they often seize cars, houses, boats, money, and other assets/properties they believed were used in committing a crime or bought with proceeds of criminal activities. California's forfeiture laws allow prosecutors and police officers to permanently seize such properties, making it difficult or nearly impossible to recover.
Trusted Advocates on Your Side in the Bay Area
The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves has served thousands of clients all across the Bay Area, including Oakland, San Mateo, Hayward, and nearby areas. We are proven criminal defense lawyers who are trusted for our dedicated advocacy and our ability to obtain favorable outcomes.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime, we are ready to listen to you. Let's discuss your case and what your plan of action should be. We can help you protect your property and fight any seizures by law enforcement.
Give us a call at (510) 953-5551 to schedule a FREE consultation.