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When it comes to drug crimes, the severity of your punishment depends heavily on a number of different factors, including:

  • The nature of your charge
  • The type and amount of controlled substance involved
  • Your criminal record

Where the crime took place can also have an impact on sentencing. For example, if you were charged with the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, crossing state lines will have a profound impact on how you are sentenced.

Even drugs that fall under medical use can end up causing an individual a significant amount of difficulty. In recent years, the laws surrounding medical marijuana have become increasingly convoluted. While it is legal to grow marijuana in some regions, individuals must follow very strict guidelines as to the quantity of plants on an individual's property and other measures. As these laws vary from county to county, it can be difficult to know exactly what is legal and what is prohibited.

Our team of legal professionals has the kind of in-depth knowledge that only 50 years of combined practice can bring. We make it a point to guide our clients through each step of the legal process, and to explore all of their available options - including alternative sentencing and diversion programs that can protect one's freedom and keep their criminal records clean.

If you stand accused of a drug crime, contact Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP for a FREE consultation.