Even drug charges that seem minor can have serious, lifelong implications following a conviction. With this in mind, we prepare for each case in a way to minimize the consequences and keep our client’s record as clean as possible. Our thorough preparation and attention to detail help us to effectively represent you and protect your future.
The Visalia drug crime defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart has over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Additionally, Mr. Wisehart has served as a deputy district attorney, which helps him develop a case strategy that anticipates and counters the prosecutor’s arguments.
Attorney Wisehart is widely considered one of the Central Valley’s premier trial lawyers not only by his clients but also by his adversaries, his peers, law enforcement officers, and judges and court staff.
What Exactly Have You Been Charged With?
Our firm handles cases involving charges ranging from minor marijuana to serious narcotics. We are experienced in defending clients against a wide range of charges, including:
- Possession offenses: There are numerous types of possession offenses such as possession for personal use and possession for sale. We know how to defend these cases in ways that make full use of diversion programs that not only provide treatment but also keep you out of jail.
- Marijuana/medical marijuana: Not all marijuana is legal. Not all people can use or possess marijuana legally. A host of questions can arise under California’s marijuana and medical marijuana laws. Do you have a doctor’s recommendation? How many plants are you allowed to grow for medicinal purposes? Are you in compliance with local ordinances? We can provide the guidance you need.
- Prescription medications: Many medications are considered controlled substances. This means authorities sometimes bring prescription fraud or other charges. Our firm can protect your rights vigorously in these cases.
- Drugged driving: Alcohol is not the only substance that can give rise to charges of intoxicated driving or DUI. We have successfully defended a wide variety of drug and prescription medication DUI charges.
No matter the complexity of your situation, we will fight to protect your rights, keep your record clean and minimize any consequences.
Diversion Programs May Work For You
Depending on the severity of the charge and the criminal history of the accused, it might be possible to avoid jail time by pursuing diversion programs. In California, Proposition 36 (commonly referred to as Prop 36) allows for alternative sentencing if the case meets certain criteria. Other diversion programs and treatment programs such as drug court, deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) and residential treatment can greatly reduce the consequences that might arise through sentencing.
Contact Our Firm
If you have questions regarding drug charges, schedule a consultation with Derek P. Wisehart by calling us at 559-429-5630 or 800-742-6392, or completing our online contact form. We offer a free consultation on criminal defense and personal injury cases. Our firm accepts most major credit cards for payment of services.