L.A. Lawyer Defends You Against Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Charges

Difference between a felony and a misdemeanor

Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by no more than one year in jail. Felonies, on the other hand, are serious offenses punishable by more than a year in prison. A felony conviction also can result in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote, own a firearm or hold elective office. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we are prepared to fight aggressively for you, whether you face felony or misdemeanor drug charges.

Misdemeanor drug crimes in California

Under California’s Proposition 36, those convicted of some minor drug offenses can complete a drug treatment program instead of going to jail. Here are a few of the drug offenses that are misdemeanors:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Being under the influence of drugs in public

Drug-related felonies

Major drug crimes in California are felonies involving heavy fines and prison sentences. Here are some of the more common drug felonies:

  • Possession of narcotics other than marijuana
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Manufacturing drugs
  • Drug trafficking

Marijuana: felony or misdemeanor?

Individuals possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use are merely fined. However, if you are arrested for cultivating, selling or transporting marijuana anywhere in California, you face serious felony charges. You should speak to a Los Angeles drug crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.

Contact an experienced drug defense lawyer today

For more than 12 years, the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi has fought hard for California residents accused of drug crimes. Let us do the same for you. Our office is in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at (310) 894-8548 or contact us online.