- Drug Dealing
- Every charge of dealing drugs in the California Penal Code is a felony.
- Giving away a small amount of marijuana may be a misdemeanor in some situations.
- 16 months to 5 years incarceration depending on the type of drug, quantity and prior record.
- Sentences are enhanced if the facts involve excessive amounts of narcotics, guns or violence.
Drug Dealing Law Enforcement/Prosecution
There are specific law enforcement divisions dedicated exclusively to eradicating narcotic sales, transportation and use from the streets of California. At the local, state and federal level, law enforcement is present on the streets, phones and internet. There are serious sentencing enhancements for repeat offenders, offenses involving large drug amounts and offenses involving drugs and firearms together. Because of the relation of violent crime, gang activity and drug wars to narcotics, law enforcement and prosecution teams dedicate an exceptional amount of time, money and resources to stopping these crimes.
The advent of social media, the internet and smart phones has provided law enforcement with additional investigation techniques. If law enforcement can seize a cellular phone, computer or similar electronic device, they can often recover photographs, messages and phone call logs, even if they have previously been deleted from the device.
Additionally, there is an emphasis by law enforcement to seize money, property and vehicles thought to be obtained through the proceeds from drug sales. This process is separate from the criminal prosecution and often disregards the due process rights found in criminal court.
These seized items are divvied up among law enforcement for department funding and seized contraband is often used in future sting operations against other suspected drug dealers.
William S. Kroger is an advocate of rehabilitation, instead of punishment in all drug cases. Mr. Kroger understands that narcotics can take a powerful hold on someone and cause them to do criminal acts that they would not normally commit. Additionally, he knows that many users sell narcotics to support a habit and those users need help. In many instances, Mr. Kroger is able to work out a treatment option for clients that were initially facing prison time for drug sales.
Mr. Kroger has never worked as a prosecutor or in law enforcement. Mr. Kroger is a 100 percent defense-oriented lawyer and has dedicated his professional life to defending his clients and preparing and executing the best legal defense possible. When you hire Mr. Kroger, you know that you have an attorney who has always been on your side.
Most criminal defense attorneys began their careers as prosecutors. After a number of years, they change sides and tell potential clients that this helps them “know how the other side thinks.” What it really means is that anyone who has worked as a prosecutor has imprisoned and taken money and property from the very same people they now represent.
The stakes involved in drug cases are extremely high. A defendant can lose their freedom, financial stability, house and car and civic rights to vote, serve on a jury and own firearms. Mr. Kroger has spent years developing relationships with judges, prosecutors and law enforcement. When he walks into a courtroom or telephones a detective and says, “This is my client”, they listen to him.
In 2011, William S. Kroger represented a defendant charged with possession for sale and transportation of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana. The client received no jail time and instead was to perform 60 days of community service. The client avoided years of prison time.
When you are charged with a drug crime, you want an attorney who has represented dozens of people in your same situation with the same judge and prosecutor you will be in front of. You want an attorney who has always been a criminal defense lawyer. You want an attorney that advocates for treatment and rehabilitation in drug cases, rather than punishment and retribution. That attorney is William S. Kroger.