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Most states have laws that give different treatment to possession of different categories of drugs (i.e. prescription drugs, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine), and also make a distinction in the offense charged as to whether a small amount of the drug was found with the defendant (personal use) or a larger amount (intent to sell or distribute, trafficking). A conviction on a drug charge of any magnitude, even a small amount of marijuana, can seriously affect your present and future employment chances, your education, your reputation and your freedom.



If you have been charged with a first-time simple drug possession there are numerous ways an experienced criminal defense attorney can get your case dismissed and, in some cases even have the arrest record destroyed a reach a result that will have no impact on your future.  Experienced criminal defense lawyers are able to evaluate your case and determine if there are any legal or factual defenses to your case which might result in a dismissal of the charges or a not guilty finding.  In some cases, there simply are no defenses that will work.  That’s when an attorney who is familiar with your court, it’s judges and prosecutors makes a difference.  There are several rehabilitation programs that are sanctioned by the State of California which can lead to the dismissal of charges and the sealing of your arrest record.  Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may even qualify for a program sanctioned by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that can result in a dismissal as well.  Having an attorney who is familiar with these options which will lead to the expungement of your case will ensure the best result for you.


The Law Office of Barry T. Simons has successfully represented individuals charged with the following types of drug offenses:

  – Marijuana: cultivation, possession and possession with intent to sell

  – Cocaine: possession and possession with intent to sell

  – Methamphetamines: possession and possession with intent to sell

  – Ecstasy (MDMA): manufacturing, possession, possession with intent to sell

  – Prescription Drugs: possession and possession with intent to sell

  – Drug Transportation/Drug Smuggling Operations


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Through our representation of persons charged with these types of drug crimes, most have avoided being sentenced to serve time in the Orange County Jail or one of the State prisons, even those charged with cultivating and possessing several hundred pounds of marijuana, large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy. These resolutions were obtained as a result of thorough investigations into the search warrants that were executed and the validity of the information supplied to the government by its agents or through undercover informants. It is important to thoroughly investigate all of the facts and receive all of the evidence in possession of the prosecution before going to trial or engaging in meaningful plea negotiations. This is what the discovery process is for: to investigate the facts, thoroughly review and examine all of the evidence, not just want the prosecution wants to show you, research the legal issues involved and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s in order to determine how the case can be successfully defended. This is the importance of retaining a law firm that understands these principles and strives to obtain the best possible result for each and every client.

If you were charged in Orange County with a crime involving drugs, you need to know that Orange County Courts impose strict penalties for crimes involving drugs, particularly drug sales or drug dealers and drug manufacturers.

For more information about drug possession and/or sales crimes, as applied under the laws of the State of California, or to discuss your criminal charges with an experienced criminal defense attorney, please contact us immediately at: 949-497-1729 or complete our Confidential Contact Form.

By Barry T. Simons: “It is my honor and privilege to fight for my clients; challenge unjust laws; protect our Constitution and to be a thorn on the side of injustice”.

By Barry T. Simons: “It is my honor and privilege to fight for my clients; challenge unjust laws; protect our Constitution and to be a thorn on the side of injustice”.