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Los Angeles Opioid Trafficking Defense Lawyers


Opioids are a group of medicines that are naturally produced by the opium poplar plant. They are a class of drug that includes morphine, codeine, and many other drugs. They also include illegal drugs such as synthetic opioids like heroin and fentanyl. Opioids are used to treat pain and have been prescribed for decades. However, since the 1990s, a sharp increase in the number of people who illegally use opioids for nonmedical reasons has occurred.

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Trafficking Opioids and Associated Penalties

Trafficking occurs when individuals or groups distribute opioids in order to make money off of their illegal sales. They may also be selling other drugs as well as opioids.

As a felony drug offense, accusations of opioid possession with intent to distribute carry substantial repercussions.

The variations between Schedule I and Schedule II opioids might be significant when it comes to the sanctions for drug trafficking or possession.

Schedule II classifies prescription opioid pain relievers like oxycodone and methadone. With a valid prescription, Schedule II medicines are lawful to own and use, but they have a high abuse potential. Synthetic opioid heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and not recognized medicinal purpose.

According to California law, it is prohibited to carry any controlled substances across county borders with the aim of selling them illegally. Narcotic trafficking accusations could result in several years in prison, significant fines, and other punishments depending on the type of drug and the quantity involved.

According to federal law, unauthorized possession of a controlled narcotic carries a minimum $1,000 fine and a one-year prison sentence.

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Legal Defenses Against Opioid Trafficking

Opioid trafficking is illegal in California. In fact, it’s a felony unless you have a valid prescription from your doctor. You can use a number of legal defenses to protect yourself and get the charges dropped or reduced. Some of the most common include:

  • The drug has been prescribed
  • The right to privacy has been violated
  • The right to due process has been violated
  • The right for protection against unreasonable search and seizure has been violated
  • Entrapment or enticement has occurred

It is worth noting that the best defense against this charge is to have a skilled Los Angeles drug crime attorney on your side who can help you figure out your options. If you have been charged with opioid trafficking, you should consider speaking with an attorney at Werkman Jackson & Quinn LLP today.

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Have Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP on Your Side

If you have been charged with a crime related to drug trafficking, you need an experienced defense lawyer on your side immediately.

At Werksman Jackson & Quin LLP, we understand that the consequences of a conviction can be devastating and long-lasting, and we work hard to get each of our clients the best possible outcome in their case. We know how to fight for your rights and make sure all avenues are explored in order to achieve an optimal result.

Our attorneys are prepared to handle any situation that arises during the investigation or prosecution of an opioid trafficking case. Whether it's fighting a search warrant or an arrest warrant, we use every tool at our disposal to protect your rights and freedom.

Call us today at (213) 688-0460.

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