Beverly Hills Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

If you are charged with a drug crime in California, you should promptly talk to a criminal defense attorney about your legal options. These crimes are aggressively prosecuted, and your freedom and your future may be on the line.

The attorneys at Kaplan Marino represent individuals charged with all types of drug offenses in California. To speak to one of our lawyers about the details of your case, please complete our contact form.

Drug Crimes: State Or Federal Charges?

Drug offenses can be charged in state or federal court. Possession for personal use cases generally are filed by local prosecutors in the state court. Sales, transportation, manufacturing and conspiracy cases are felonies, which may be filed in state or federal court.

Possession For Personal Use

Possession for personal use cases involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, crack or prescription drugs may lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. In most cases, clients of Kaplan Marino obtain dismissals of their personal use cases. We specialize in finding alternatives to prosecution in order to avoid convictions, such as deferred entry programs. The emergence of medical marijuana has created a plethora of potential defenses in marijuana cases. Our attorneys are always up to date on all changes in the law.

Drug Sales

In sales cases — or cases where our clients are alleged to have possessed large amounts of illegal substances — our highly skilled litigators use aggressive and innovative approaches to attack the prosecution's case while thoroughly examining all law enforcement conduct. We examine illegal search issues relating to detentions, vehicle stops, home searches and any other law enforcement contact. Illegal conduct by law enforcement can lead to dismissal of charges, reduction of the charges or significantly lighter sentences.

Contact Us

We have handled cases investigated by the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, Torrance, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, San Fernando, Pasadena, Monrovia, Ventura, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga and many other police departments throughout California and the United States.

To speak to one of our drug crime defense attorneys in Beverly Hills, please call us at 310-557-0007 .

Representative cases

Our client was charged with multiple counts of possession for sale of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Officers arrived at his home after receiving a tip that drugs were being sold out of the location. Our client was arrested when he arrived home in his car. Officers searched his car and home, recovering large amounts of narcotics. After our attorney filed a motion challenging the search of our client's vehicle and home, the case was dismissed.

Our client was charged with possession for sale of cocaine. Officers arrived at his home armed with a search warrant and recovered cocaine packaged for sale in a jacket in his closet. At a jury trial, the client put on the jacket that appeared to be too large for him. The trial resulted in a hung jury and eventually the client received probation for a charge of simple possession.