Defense Attorney for Ventura Drug Possession
When you are facing charges of possession of a controlled substance or other drug-related offenses, you need a skilled and experience criminal defense attorney on your side. If you were arrested or charged with possession of a controlled substance, allow us to help you. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we have extensive experience defending our clients against drug-related charges.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE AND YOUR RIGHTS
At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, our team aggressively defends your Constitutional rights in the area of search and seizure. Clients should be aware that there are different levels of restraint on your personal freedom based on your interactions with law enforcement officers, from the lowest level “stop” up to more intrusive restrictions involving search and seizure restrictions.
Our Constitution requires in cases where law enforcement officers are intruding on your personal freedom that their conduct be justified by some level of evidence. The greater the intrusion or restriction, the greater the level of evidence required. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we develop and argue the facts of your case, including all search and seizure issues, to protect your rights.
WHAT IS POSSESSION
To prove possession of a controlled substance, the prosecution is required to show that:
- You were aware of the narcotics
- You had control over or the right to control the narcotics
- You knew of the nature of the drug
- You have an amount of the narcotic that is sufficient to be charged with possession
This means that individuals who were not aware that they had illegal narcotics or had no control over those narcotics may be able to avoid penalties. For example, if you were unaware that an individual hid cocaine in your home, you may be able to argue that you had no knowledge of the drug. Similarly, if you are driving a friend’s car, and are pulled over and investigated by law enforcement officers, you shouldn’t be responsible for drugs that were in the car without your knowledge.
Possession crimes are penalized depending on the type of drug and the amount of drug that you had in your possession. There are five different “schedules” of drugs listed in the California Safety Code and possession of any of these drugs can result in up to three years of incarceration.