Marin Drug Crime Attorney for Drug Possession & Sales Charges
San Rafael Criminal Defense Lawyer, Serving Sausalito, Greenbrae & all California
If you have been arrested for a drug charge, you likely have many questions about what will happen next and the possible consequences if you are convicted. In recent years, law enforcement officers have become more and more aggressive in their efforts to combat drug use and distribution. Additionally, the recent emergence of prescription drugs onto the controlled substance scene has resulted in an increase of drug related investigations, arrests and convictions. Depending upon your criminal history and the specific facts of your case, the District Attorney may file misdemeanor or felony charges against you.
With experience not only as a defense attorney but also as a former Marin County Deputy District Attorney, I, Ryan Albaugh, have the experience and specific knowledge of the system necessary to defend you. During my career I have handled hundreds of cases involving the possession or sale of drugs such as:
- Crack Cocaine
I take protecting your rights seriously and as your attorney I will employ a comprehensive and aggressive approach to defending you against drug charges.
A Great Defense Starts With a Thorough Investigation
As your attorney, I will immediately start a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your arrest. Drug cases often raise constitutional search and seizure issues and can involve surveillance evidence and the use of confidential informants and undercover officers.
My past work as a Marin County Deputy District Attorney gives me a detailed knowledge of the proper procedures police officers must follow during drug related investigations and after a drug related arrest is made. As I investigate our case I will put this insight to work along with my experience as a San Rafael criminal defense lawyer. Specifically, I will be looking at:
- Whether the police officers made contact with you lawfully
- If any search conducted was legal
- Whether the alleged drugs seized were properly tested and verified
- If the prosecution has listed all the witnesses or is concealing someone involved
- Whether you were read your rights
- Whether any of your constitutional rights were violated before or after your arrest
Issues with any of these aspects of our case, or countless others, may require a reduction or dismissal of the case against you. As your attorney I will fight hard to protect your rights and obtain the best result possible in your case.
Drug Conviction Penalties Can Have Far Reaching Effects
Many people believe they will receive a slap on the wrist if convicted of a simple possession charge. In fact, this is completely untrue. Even the most minor drug conviction can leave a lasting mark on your record, making it difficult for you to gain employment, rent a home or find funding for college. More serious convictions, including sales or intent to distribute, can result in probation, mandatory drug counseling and incarceration.
If you or a loved one is facing drug charges, call an experienced Marin drug crime attorney at 415-578-7374 or e-mail me today for a free initial consultation.