Oakland Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
California Drug Charge Laws
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
The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves can handle all types of drug crime
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
We have 20+ years' combined experience in representing clients facing all
types of drug crimes, drawing from years of experience in prosecution.
Our drug crime defense 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.
California Drug Search & Seizure Procedure
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.
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
Important Tip: NEVER give police consent to search you and refrain from answering questions
from police without an attorney.
Law Offices of Torres & Caraves Drug Crime Defense Strategies
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.
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, our experienced drug crime
defense lawyers 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 initial consultation with our drug