As the opioid crisis continues to ravage parts of California and the rest of the nation, attention focuses not just on users and black market dealers, but also on pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals who, critics say, created the problem by flooding the market with highly addictive opioid-derived painkillers. Some professionals have faced criminal charges.
In 2014, California voters approved sweeping changes to the state's sentencing laws for certain felony crimes when they voted in favor of Proposition 47, also known as The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. Five years later, the law remains controversial, with proponents saying it has improved the lives of communities and opponents saying it has increased crime. It is beyond the scope of this blog post to say which side of that debate has a better argument, but there is no question that Proposition 47 has made a positive difference in the lives of people accused of drug crimes.
When California began allowing legal marijuana sales for recreation use a little more than a year ago, some advocates for the change said legalization would eliminate the need for a criminal marijuana underground. So far, it appears that this has not been the case.
Almost two years into California's legalization of recreational marijuana, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still struggling with how to regulate and manage the newly legalized industry of marijuana sales. Recently, 25 local governments sued the state, seeking to overturn a new rule that allows home deliveries of marijuana.
To many, the open road symbolizes freedom. However, there isn't complete freedom out there, as those on the road still need to abide by the laws and duty of care that are expected of them under state and federal law. Recently, a man was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Alameda County. What the officer allegedly found has the man facing drug charges, among others.
We've all found ourselves in unwanted and unexpected situations at one time or another. Oftentimes we manage to escape with nothing more than a little discomfort However, many individuals in the Hayward-area have found these circumstances to leave them facing criminal allegations related to drug use and intent to distribute. Being accused of these types of charges can have a serious impact on a person's life, which is why they must be aggressively challenged.
Individuals in the East Bay can face the potential of serious consequences when they are accused of drug crimes. Without properly and aggressively defending themselves, these individuals may wind up facing years or even decades behind bars, financially ruinous fines, and irreparable damage to their reputation. This is why those who have been accused of these offenses need to take action to protect themselves and their future.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are readily available and prescribed. Meanwhile, several substances are considered controlled substances and the use or possession of such could lead to criminal charges. If you are accused of a drug crime, there are ways to examine the situation to attempt to create the most favorable outcome possible.
If a person is charged with intent to distribute or another similarly worded term for intent to sell in a drug crime charge, this is a serious allegation. Rather than being slapped with a charge for drug use, the prosecution is going to allege that a person was not only in possession, but looking to sell to others for profit.
There are a few situations that can cause a person to act in a way that they otherwise wouldn't. Okay, maybe more than a few, but it's fairly well known that drugs and alcohol can cause a person to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn't when they are sober. An altercation happened between a man and a police officer in Berkeley that ended with several criminal charges, one related to drug charges. The police officer left the scene with a concussion.