Arrested for a Criminal Drug Offense?
Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney Serving Santa Clara County
For the last several decades, drug-related crimes have been at the forefront of public consciousness—and for good reason. Over five percent of people age 18 to 80 have been prescribed a tranquilizer like Xanax, Klonopin or Ativan, with overdoses and deaths increasing each year. More than 12.5 million people have misused opioid painkillers in 2015, with 91 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, ADHD stimulants show a greater risk of overdose than cocaine according to a 2017 report. Regrettably, these statistics show that we live in a drug-saturated society. Thus, federal, state, and local authorities are directing their efforts toward curbing the effects that drugs can have on society, particularly when linked with violent crime. However, this means that facing drug charges can be extremely serious, with convictions often resulting in severe and lifelong penalties.
At the Law Office of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we understand just how formidable the situation can be when you are facing drug charges. We have handled more than 4,000 criminal cases over the past decade. In that time, we have worked with hundreds of clients dealing with drug crimes of all types. If you need help defending yourself or a loved one against drug charges, then contact us right away.
What Are Common Drugs Involved in Criminal Cases?
In general, anything that is classified as a “controlled substance” may result in criminal charges. Usually these charges are for possession or possession with intent to distribute. A conviction for these drug charges can carry heavy penalties and years of jail time. Identifying what substances may put you at risk is important. Common drug crime cases involve:
- Marijuana. Cannabis laws seem to be ever-changing in California and are different for medical users than recreational users. As of the beginning of 2018, law enforcement will treat marijuana similar to alcohol. This means that any open receptacle of a marijuana based-products, including edibles and vaporizers, can constitute an infraction if you are driving. However, a closed container and general possession is legal. Additionally, you may face a DUI for weed consumption if your blood tests positive for THC while you are driving.
- Cocaine and crack. These stimulants are highly addictive. As schedule II controlled substances, any possession or distribution of cocaine-based drugs is unlawful.
- Opioids. These controlled substances are so prevalent that they have become the cause of a national crisis. Anyone convicted of illegal possession or distribution of illegal opioids like heroin or even prescriptions like oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, fentanyl or Vicodin faces stiff penalties.
- Methamphetamines, Amphetamines and Methylphenidates. Psychostimulant drugs are one of the leading causes of overdoses among teens and young adults. Brand-name drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Desoxyn, Vyvanse, Procentra, Methalin and Dexedrine contain psychostimulants
- LSD. Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as acid, is a major hallucinogenic drug. This substance is a schedule I drug, meaning it is easy to abuse, unsafe for consumption and has no medical purpose.
- Ecstasy. A highly addictive and sometimes deadly drug, Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is commonly referred to as Molly, MDMA or E.
- Recovery Drugs. Law enforcement officers and emergency medical teams use buprenorphine-based drugs (like Suboxone) and naloxone-based drugs (like Narcan) every day to save lives from overdoses. Unfortunately, many people also use them recreationally. Unlawful possession of these substances is as serious as possession of opioids.
What Are Common Types of Drug Charges in San Jose?
When you face drug crime charges, your future depends on your attorney’s ability to understand the law and work within the legal system in pursuit of a favorable outcome. Drug crime lawyer Nick Cvietkovich is well equipped to defend you from any charge. For example, some of these charges may include:
- Drug possession and intent to deliver.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Selling, distributing, or transporting a controlled substance.
- Manufacturing or producing a controlled substance.
- The sale or provision of a controlled substance to a minor.
- Other misdemeanor and felony California drug offenses.
The consequences associated with drug crimes vary greatly depending on the particular drug, the amount of drug the accused allegedly possessed or consumed, and the circumstances of the offense. The attorneys at the Law Office of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich know that there is no such thing as a minor drug charge. Even the least serious offense can have a debilitating effect on your life.
Need Help? Call Our San Jose Drug Crime Lawyer Now
The smallest details of a criminal case involving drug charges can change a life. One wrong word to the authorities can turn a ticket-able offense into a felony with years in jail time. Or a misplaced prescription could result in charges for intent to traffic a controlled substance. That is why drug crime lawyer Nick Cvietkovich examines all the details of your arrest, ensure any searches or seizures were conducted properly, see if chargers are open to pretrial diversion programs like treatment and uncover any evidence available.
If you are facing charges for any type of drug-related offense, then the lawyer you choose can make a difference. Choose the one who is committed to working for you. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich at (408) 898-9653 to schedule a free consultation. From our offices in San Jose and Oakland, we are proud to serve Santa Clara, Campbell, Palo Alto, Salinas and San Francisco, as well as the rest of the Bay Area.