Los Angeles Lawyer Provides Drug Trafficking Defense

What is drug trafficking?

Drug trafficking refers to the transportation or sale of controlled substances. If you move a quantity of opium, heroin, cocaine or another narcotic even a short distance, you may be charged with violating Section 11352 of the California Health and Safety Code, which prohibits:

  • Transporting illegal drugs
  • Importing illegal drugs into California
  • Selling illegal drugs
  • Giving away illegal drugs
  • Administering illegal drugs
  • Furnishing illegal drugs

At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi in L.A., we handle everything from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. If you are charged with trafficking, we are ready to fight for you.

State penalties for drug trafficking

Transporting a controlled substance is a felony punishable by probation and a maximum of one year in jail or three, four or five years in prison and $20,000 in fines. If, however, the prosecution proves that you transported a controlled substance with intent to sell it, you face three, six or nine years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Federal penalties for drug trafficking

Interstate drug trafficking is a federal crime, and the penalties for federal offenses are typically much more severe than for state crimes. If you are convicted of federal drug trafficking, here are examples of the punishment you face:

  • Marijuana trafficking: First offenders convicted of trafficking 1,000 kilograms or more of pot face 10 years to life imprisonment and fines of $10 million.
  • Cocaine trafficking: First offenders convicted of trafficking between 500 and 4,999 grams of cocaine mixture face five to 40 years in prison and $5 million in fines.
  • Methamphetamine trafficking: Individuals charged with trafficking 5 to 49 grams of pure methamphetamine or 50 to 499 grams of meth mixture face the same penalties as those convicted of cocaine trafficking.

If the drug trafficking caused a death or bodily injury, the sentence is even tougher.

Experienced defense lawyer stands up for you rights

At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we provide clients with passionate and experienced representation. If you have been charged with drug trafficking or any other crime and would like to schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer at our firm, contact us by phone at (310) 894-8548 or contact us online. We promptly return phone calls and emails. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Westwood. We have flexible and weekend office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.