Criminal Defense

How to Deal With a Drug Trafficking Charge in California

Drug trafficking is a serious offense in California, and can come with fines of over $20,000 or a jail term exceeding three years. Penalties can be even higher if the prosecution shows aggravating factors in your case. 

Because there’s so much on the line, The Law Office of Elliott Kanter is here to guide you through the process and explain how skilled, experienced representation can help your defense. 

Understanding Drug Trafficking Charges in California

Drug trafficking involves the transportation, distribution, or sale of illegal substances such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and more. Being charged with drug trafficking can have long-lasting consequences on your personal and professional reputation.

Working with a Skilled San Diego Drug Trafficking Lawyer

From the initial arrest to court appearances and negotiations with prosecutors, having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can make a significant difference in your case. Our experienced team will work diligently to gather evidence, investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and advocate on your behalf in court.

The Law Office of Elliott Kanter has a proven track record of successfully defending clients against drug trafficking charges in San Diego. Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and building a strong defense strategy that reflects your circumstances and needs.

What are Potential Defenses to a California Drug Trafficking Charge?

Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be various defenses that can be utilized to challenge the drug trafficking charges against you including:

Unlawful search and seizure: This defense argues that the evidence against you was obtained illegally because law enforcement officers violated your Fourth Amendment rights by conducting an unreasonable search and seizure. For example, if the police searched your property without a warrant or probable cause, any evidence they found may be inadmissible in court.

Lack of evidence: If the prosecution fails to present sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime of drug trafficking, your defense attorney can argue for dismissal or acquittal. This defense may involve challenging the credibility of witnesses, questioning the chain of custody of the evidence, or demonstrating inconsistencies in the prosecution's case.

Entrapment: Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officers induce or coerce an individual into committing a crime they would not have otherwise committed. If you can prove that you were entrapped, the charges against you may be dropped. This defense often requires showing that you were not predisposed to commit the crime and that the government's actions led to your involvement in drug trafficking.

Mistaken identity: If you were mistakenly identified as the perpetrator of the crime, you can assert mistaken identity as a defense. This may involve presenting alibi evidence, witness testimony, or other evidence that establishes you were not present at the scene of the crime or involved in the alleged drug trafficking activities.

Your defense attorney will assess your case and develop a tailored strategy to help achieve the best possible outcome. This may involve a combination of legal arguments, negotiations with the prosecution, and preparation for trial. By carefully analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case, your attorney can work to mitigate the potential consequences of the drug trafficking charges you are facing.

Strengthen Your Defense Today With The Law Office of Elliott Kanter

Don't wait to seek legal representation. Contact the Law Office of Elliott Kanter today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. Your future is too important to leave to chance - trust our skilled San Diego drug trafficking team to provide the defense you deserve.

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