THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES AGGRESSIVELY DEFENDS ALL DRUG CHARGES AND HAS OBTAINED SEVERAL HUNDRED SUCCESSFUL DISPOSITIONS FOR ITS CLIENTS.
Drug charges range from minor possession charges to more serious drug trafficking and sales charges. Recent studies by the bearu of prisons indicated that approximately eighty percent (80%) of all inmates are presently serving time for some drug related offense.
Drug charges are very serious criminal offenses. Most are charged as felonies by the charging District Attorney. As little as one-half gram of cocaine or herion will be prosecuted as a felony. If there are several grams of any of the above drugs found on one’s person, you can expect to be charged with an additional sales/transportation charge.
Whether you’re charged with large-scale drug trafficking or simple possession of a controlled substance, our narcotics attorneys draw on their years of experience. We can help you fight the charges and, if necessary, secure an effective drug treatment program.
THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES has prosecuted every type of narcotics case, from methamphetamine labs and major drug dealers to possession and under the influence cases. Let attorney Mr. Castillo use his expertise and experience to help you or a loved one fight your criminal drug charge.
Our firm has been very successful in handling significant drug charges for our clients for 16 yrs. Our office handles both state and federal drug charges in all counties in California.
The most common types of cases we handle include:
Health & Safety Code 11350 HS | Possession of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11350 makes it a felony to possess narcotics such as cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, ketamine, GHB and even prescription drugs such as Vicodin or Codeine (if they’re not lawfully prescribed). A person convicted of “possession of a controlled substance” faces up to three years California state prison. If certain criteria have been met by the accused under this section our office will fight to ensure eligibility for our clients to be accepted in either Proposition 36 or PC 1000 drug diversion.
Health & Safety Code 11351 HS | Possession for Sale of Narcotics
Health & Safety Code 11351 makes it a felony to possess illegal drugs for the purpose of selling them. This crime is more serious than simple possession, and does not qualify for Proposition 36 or PC 1000 drug diversion.
In assessing whether a suspect possessed narcotics for the purpose of sales, cops and prosecutors will look to the quantity of the drugs, packaging in numerous separate baggies or bindles, scales, and weapons and/or large sums of cash. But unfortunately many innocent people get accused of HS 11351 when, in fact, they only possessed the drugs for personal use.
There are several areas THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES will investigate and legally attack to win your case. It may be the case that the investigating and arresting agency involved in your case used faulty information, unreliable police informants and even outright lies to obtain a search warrant. Mr. Castillo and his legal staff know how to scrutinize the case for police mistakes and misconduct. Moreover, we know how to exploit problems in the prosecution’s case to your advantage.
THE LAW OFFICE OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES has been very successful demonstrating that search warrants were improperly obtained in order to have the evidence against our client suppressed and the entire case dismissed. If you or a love one has been arrested for any drug related crime, call THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES immediately at:
Health & Safety Code 11352 HS | Sale or Transportation of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11352 makes it a felony to sell, furnish, administer, give away, transport or import into California an illegal narcotic. Many of the HS 11352 cases arise out of undercover sting operations in which a decoy officer engages in a “controlled buy.” Sometimes these stings run afoul of California entrapment laws and should be dismissed for that reason. Many times a sale or transportation charge will be filed by the District Attorney merely because the drugs were found in one’s vehicle.
In some cases, officers claim to have witnessed a drug deal from an observation post or a disguised location. But in reality, many suspects arrested for “selling drugs” were really just the buyers, or were not even involved in a drug deal at all.
THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES vigorously attacks the facts and evidence of each case in an effort to have filed charges dismissed for our clients.
Health & Safety Code 11377 HS | Possession of Methamphetamine
Health & Safety Code 11377 makes it a crime to possess methamphetamine (also known as meth, crystal meth or speed). This offense is a” wobbler”, which means prosecutors have the discretion to file it as a misdemeanor or a felony. The district attorney usually decides this based on (1) the amount of methamphetamine involved, and (2) the person’s criminal history. A person accused of HS 11377 may qualify for Proposition 36 or PC 1000 drug diversion.
THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES has been very successful in obtaining misdemeanor charges his clients under this code section.
Health & Safety Code 11550 HS | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11550 makes it a misdemeanor crime to “use” or “be under the influence of” a controlled substance. This includes illicit narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and GHB. It can also include prescription drugs such as xanax or valium, if the person does not have a valid prescription.
A conviction for HS 11550 carries a mandatory minimum penalty / sentencing of 90 days in county jail. If you or a love one has been charged with this code section, THE LAW OFFICE OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES will seek to have you accepted in either Proposition 36 or drug diversion under PC 1000.
California DUI of Drugs Cases
California Vehicle Code 23152(a) prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The police can arrest you for driving under the influence of drugs, even lawfully prescribed ones, if the drug has impaired your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. However, many people get wrongfully accused of this crime and it may be possible to get the charges reduced or dismissed. THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES can and will help you with any type of DUI of drugs case, including DUI of Marijuana, DUI of Vicodin and DUI of Ambien or Lunesta.
California Marijuana Laws
Marijuana is a harmless substance with legitimate and proven medical benefits. Nevertheless, California marijuana law still makes it a crime to cultivate, sell, possess or use the substance. Proposition 215 provides limited exceptions. The penalties for possession of a small quantity of marijuana are light, and often merely entail a small fine. But cultivation, sale or transportation of marijuana are serious felonies in California, and can land a person in state prison.
THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES has enjoyed enormous success in obtaining reduced marijuana charges as well as complete dismissals. If you or a loved one is accused of a narcotics-related crime, we urge you to come and speak with Mr. Castillo and his legal staff. We may be able to help you get the charges reduced or dismissed, and keep the person out of jail.
Recent Drug Charges Case Results
- Client was arrested for 3 counts of Sales and 3 counts of Possession of a controlled substance. Originally offer from D.A. was 3 yrs state prison. After extensive negotiations, all but one counts were dismissed leaving a possession charge. After obtaining a pre-sentencing report from probation, and arguing for probation at the sentencing hearing, Castillo & Associates was able to obtain a term of probation and client was able to serve his 90 day term by electronic monitoring.
- Client was arrested for grand theft auto, possession of meth and sales. At the time he was arrested, he had a pending case for possession of meth. Prior to retaining Castillo & Associates, he had jumped bail and skipped his trial in Orange County. Based on his charges and his jumping bail our client was looking at a prison term of a minimum of 6 yrs. The time between jumping bail and retaining our firm was approximately 4 years. Castillo & Associates worked on this case for more than a year and a half. After moving to consolidate our client’s cases, each from different judicial districts, we were able to obtain a final disposition of Probation where by our client is to serve 90 days county jail.
- Client was charged with possession of meth (more than 1 lb) and sales. When his home was searched, they found scales and more than 20,000.00 in cash. All monies were deemed drug money and were seized. Castillo & Associates was retained to obtain monies from authorities. Our office was able to obtain $12,000.00 from the authorities on behalf of our client.
- Client was arrested after being subject to an ATF and DEA sting operation with confidential informants and audio and video surveillance. Client was charged with several possession and sales charges along with 6 separate special allegations for P.C. 186. 22 Gang Affiliation. Client was looking at a minimum of 25 years should he be found guilty on all charges and given midterm treatment. After filing a successful motion to suppress and a 995 motion, Castillo & Associates were able to have all P.C. 186.22 dropped along with all but one sales count. Client was given a 2 year prison term wherein he will serve only one year with good time.
- Client was arrested for 3 counts of sales and possession. He was also charged with P.C. 186.22. Gang Affiliation. Client was looking at a 4 year prison term. Final disposition achieved by Castillo & Associates was able to dismiss 2 felony counts (sales/possession) and reduce felony P.C. 186.22 to a misdemeanor. Client received a term of 180 days county jail which client will serve 90 days with good time credits.
- Client was under investigation by ATF and local authorities. Confidential informant was used to invite client to a party and give him an opaque jar filled with contraband. Client leaves party with jar placed in his vehicle between the front seats. Client is pulled over for not having a front license plate. Client was charged with possession and sales after ATF found heroin and meth individually packaged. Client was facing a 10 year prison term. Castillo & Associates was retained and drafted a 1538 suppression motion. Our firm was able to convince the D.A.’s office that there was insufficient probable cause for the vehicle stop since there was an impossibility that the agent was able to establish there was no front license plate since his report showed they never over took the suspects’ vehicle to view the front end needed to establish there was not a license plate. Final disposition was 5 felonies dropped, client pled to one count of possession, 3 year summary probation, no jail time.
- Client on probation for drug possession with search terms is contacted by law enforcement for alleged stolen property. Officers search house and find stolen t.v.’s and a quarter ounce of meth. Client is charged with possession and sales, violation of probation, and in receipt of stolen property. Client is offered a 3 year prison term plea deal. Client is ready to sign plea deal but is told to contact Castillo & Associates. Our firm was retained and immediately set up a meeting with handling D.A. and supervisor. We negotiated a plea to possession only and client was given 180 days county jail. Electronic monitoring was an option, but client wanted to serve straight time. We informed client there was a good opportunity to be released early for overcrowding (fed kick). Client served a total of 19 days.