UNYIELDING AND THOROUGH DEFENSE AGAINST FEDERAL AND STATE DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES
The California Penal Code and federal law differentiate between simple possession and possession with the intent to distribute. There is a fine line between the two forms of possession, and a skilled criminal defense lawyer like John M. Runfola can assist you with working towards reducing or outright dismissing charges. We provide each case with individual and personalized attention to detail in order to devise a strategy customized to the unique facts of the case, as well as the client’s goals.
DEFINITION OF POSSESSION AND PENALTIES
- Simple possession: When an individual knowingly has an illegal substance in his custody and control. This can be on his person, in his home or car or within reaching distance. Simple possession is generally reserved for smaller amounts. Penalties in California: Up to six years in prison for PCP, methamphetamine or chemicals used to manufacture either; up to one year in county jail for other substances; $100 fine for less than one ounce of marijuana.
- Possession with intent to distribute: The individual intended to sell or transfer ownership of the drugs in his possession. Penalties in California: Up to nine years in prison. Unlike California law, the federal Controlled Substances Act requires mandatory minimum sentences. For instance, possession of 50 grams of methamphetamine faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU FIGHT DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES
Over the past 35 years, The Law Office of John M. Runfola has assembled a skilled team of attorneys, paralegals, private investigators, and experts, all dedicated to providing unparalleled service to clients. Each case receives individual attention. We will examine the facts, conduct an independent investigation, and craft a creative defense strategy to further your goals.
Our firm is internationally renowned for criminal defense representation in federal drug possession cases. We are equipped with expertise in the courtroom, knowledge of the inner working of government agencies like the DEA and FBI, state-of-the-art investigative resources, and media savvy to help combat damage to your reputation.
If you have been accused of possessing a controlled substance, contact The Law Office of John M. Runfola for a free consultation at (415) 391-4243.