Drug Possession

In California, it is illegal to possess controlled substances — such as cocaine, methamphetamines or heroin — or a prescription medication without a valid prescription. The consequences of a drug conviction are serious and long-ranging. If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession, or possession with an intent to sell, you need to speak with a lawyer immediately.

Our attorneys have established reputations as strong litigators. Local prosecutors know, when you've got Bird & Van Dyke on your side, you are serious about defending your rights.

From our offices in Stockton and Tracy, we fight drug possession charges for clients throughout the Central Valley, the Bay Area and Northern California.

Understanding Possession Charges

Possession of meth, cocaine, heroin or other controlled substances is illegal. Penalties for drug possession convictions vary based on the type and amount of drug involved; the higher the quantity of drugs in your possession, the longer your prison sentence. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be charged with possession with an intent to sell — a more serious crime.

Strong Criminal Defense From A Former Prosecutor

As a former public defender and prosecutor for San Joaquin County, Mary Ann Bird has an intimate understanding of the criminal justice system. She knows the techniques prosecutors will use to build their cases and what it takes to successfully defend against criminal charges in state and federal court.

When clients turn to Bird & Van Dyke they know their cases are in good hands.

We use every tool in our arsenal to provide clients with the strongest possible defense against drug possession charges. Common defense strategies include:

  • Attacking search and seizure methods
  • Challenging warrants
  • Questioning drug lab analysis procedures
  • Examining police interrogation techniques
  • Proving the drug was medically necessary or prescribed by a doctor
  • Entrapment

We also use drug diversion and other rehabilitation programs to keep our clients out of jail and keep their records clean.

Illegal Possession Of Prescription Drugs

Possessing Xanax, Hydrocodone, Vicodin and other prescription medications without a valid prescription is illegal. The law treats prescription drugs on par with other controlled substances. If convicted you face prison time and fines. You need experienced legal counsel protecting your rights and working on your defense.

Contact Stockton drug possession lawyer Mary Ann Bird at 209-390-8877. Consultations are free.