Riverside Drug Charges Defense Lawyer

When federal lawmakers put mandatory sentencing guidelines in place for drug offenses in 1986, they may not have anticipated the impact it would have on prison populations nationwide and the resulting overcrowding.

In California, we supposedly have some of the least onerous drug laws among the states. For example, drug possession can result in fines of $30 to $500 and jail sentences of 15 to 180 days. This may be a small consolation to those who are in jail for drug charges. However, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 24.7% of new prison admissions in California in 2010 were for drugs. That translates to 29,105 new inmates. The numbers were down slightly in 2011 when 22,058 new prison admissions were for drugs.

If you were one of those new inmates, you may not feel that California’s drug laws are light, or minor, or inconsequential. You might think that a drug conviction is the worst thing that could ever happen to you.

At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our Riverside drug charges defense lawyers work toward making sure that our clients do not become one of those statistics. We work very hard at achieving two main objectives:

  • Keep our clients out of jail

  • Keep drug offenses off our clients’ records

Why Experience Matters

For those arrested and charged in Riverside, an experienced drug charges defense lawyer can be the difference between jail time and a felony on your record – or dropped charges, an acquittal or lesser consequences.

At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we have the experience necessary and the dedication desired to fight for the rights of those arrested for drug possession or drug trafficking charges. Attorney Stephen Levine is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense. This is an honor given to only the top criminal defense attorneys in California. Our law firm also relies upon Jon Hegness, of counsel to our law firm, who was deputy district attorney with San Bernardino County for 22 years.

We know how the prosecution thinks, because we have former prosecutors at our law firm. We know how to defend drug charges because we have done so, successfully, on many occasions. We’d be pleased to put our law firm’s experience on your side.

Defense against All Riverside Drug Charges

At our law firm we have experience with the follow types of drug charges:

  • Drug possession

  • Drug possession with intent to sell

  • Drug trafficking

  • Drug manufacturing

The severity of the consequences for any drug charge will also depend upon the type of drug involved. At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our Riverside drug charges defense attorneys have experience defending those suspected of possessing or selling the following types of illegal substances:

  • Cocaine

  • Crack cocaine

  • LSD

  • Methamphetamine (meth)

  • Psilocybin mushrooms

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) places prohibitions and other controls on possessing or selling controlled substances such as narcotics or pain relievers, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens or anabolic steroids. At our law firm we have experience defending drug charges related to:

  • Marijuana, heroin, mescaline or other Schedule I drugs

  • Amphetamine, codeine, fentanyl, Hydromorphone, methadone, Methylphenidate (Ritalin), morphine, oxycodone, pentobarbital, phencyclidine (PCP) and other Schedule II drugs

  • Anabolic steroids and other Schedule III drugs

  • Xanax, Librium, Valium, Ativan and other Schedule IV drugs such as phenobarbital

As you can see, there are a number of ways to get into trouble with illegal drugs and controlled substances. Those who are facing drug charges, whether misdemeanors or felonies, would be wise to retain a law firm with experience and a proven track record of defending those charges.

Contact a Riverside Drug Charges Defense Attorney

Time is of the essence. If you have been arrested or have been charged with a drug crime, please contact our Riverside drug charges defense lawyers for a free initial consultation.