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Drug Charges


In 2010, there were more than 2,500 drug related arrests in California. [1]

Drug charges include under the influence, possession for personal use, possession for sales and or manufacturing. Drug charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the type of drug involved and the amount of the substance.  Penalties can range from probation to prison and completion of a drug treatment program.

Am I eligible for a diversion program?

First time offenders who are charged with being under the influence and/or possession of drugs may be eligible for drug diversion programs, which can result in dismissal of the charges against them if they successfully complete the program.  These programs have eligibility requirements so it is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with these requirements.  Please see the PC1000 or Prop 36 drug pages for eligibility information.

However, entering into a drug diversion should only be considered after having your case thoroughly investigated and defended to determine if any legal or factual defenses exist, including the reason for your detention , if the amount in question is a “usable amount,” and whether you had a legal prescription.  Only after a careful review of the facts of your case, should you agree to enter into a drug diversion program.

Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?

It is important to retain a San Diego drug attorney to review the facts of your case and determine if there may be a legal defense or if you may be eligible for a drug diversion program.

The North County San Diego drug lawyers of the Mortlock Law Group are experienced in defending against drug charges and negotiating down so that they may participate in a drug diversion program. In determining whether a person be eligible for a drug diversion program, the prosecutor will consider: the prior criminal history of the defendant, the amount of drugs, whether they have scales or baggies, the location of the seizure, the amount of cash on the defendant and whether the person was carrying or had immediate access to any weapons or firearms.

If you have been charged with a drug crime, please contact the North County San Diego drug crime attorneys of the Mortlock Law Group for a free consultation.

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