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Drug Charges Defense

Torrance Drug Possession & Sales Attorneys | South Bay Drug Crimes Defense

Drug crimes are one of the most widely prosecuted crimes in Torrance Court. At Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP, our South Bay drug crimes defense attorneys have over three decades of experience defending clients against a broad range of drug charges, ranging from misdemeanor drug possession to felony drug sales and trafficking. As former senior Torrance Court prosecutors and since 1987, Torrance drug attorneys, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff employs their rare legal insight and expertise to protect the freedoms and liberties of their clients. Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff possess the unique combination of litigating both sides of the criminal justice system and utilize this experience to anticipate what Torrance prosecutors and law enforcement will do next.

The punishment for a drug crime conviction can result in several penalties with varying degrees of harshness. Misdemeanor drug crimes in Torrance such as possession of meth, cocaine, and heroin can be dismissed through drug diversion programs, whereas felony drug crimes in the South Bay such as possession with intent to sell or transportation of drugs can result in supervised probation or lengthy prison sentences. Drug crime penalties in Torrance Court are additionally influenced by the type and quantity of drugs you are alleged to have possessed or intended to sell, and your prior criminal record can also factor into harsher sentences. Regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor simple possession or a felony drug sales charge, protect your freedom and future by contacting our skilled Torrance drug attorneys today at (424) 757-0865. A proactive defense approach can minimize or lessen the consequences you face.

Common Drug Offenses In Torrance Court

Our South Bay drug crimes lawyers exclusively defend clients charged with felony and misdemeanor narcotics offenses involving marijuana, synthetic marijuana (Spice or Flaca), cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), prescription drugs, heroin, ecstasy, anabolic steroids, or other controlled substances.


In Torrance and throughout the South Bay, it is a misdemeanor drug crime to possess illegal drugs or “street drugs.” However, although classified as “legal drugs,” possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription is also a misdemeanor drug offense in California. Prosecuted under HS 11350, possession of narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy, as well as prescription drugs without a valid prescription such as Vicodin or Xanax is a typically a misdemeanor crime. However, HS 11350 can be prosecuted as a felony if you have prior serious felony convictions. Possession of methamphetamine, otherwise known as “crystal meth,” is prosecuted under HS 11377 and is also typically charged as a misdemeanor. However, similar to HS 11350 it can be prosecuted as a felony drug possession if aggravating circumstances exist.


Torrance Court drug crimes involving the possession of drugs for sale or with the intent to sell are considered the most serious drug crimes and are, therefore, punished more severely. Prosecuted under HS 11351, it is a felony to possess cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, with the intent to sell the controlled substance whereas the possession of meth with intent to sell or distribute is prosecuted under HS 11378 and is similarly punished harshly as a separate felony drug crime.


One of the most commonly prosecuted drug charges in Torrance Court is possession of drug paraphernalia. Under California Health & Safety Code 11364, it is a misdemeanor crime to illegally possess a device, pipe, or any other instrument used for the purposes of smoking or injecting a controlled substance. Possessing a syringe to inject heroin or a pipe to smoke methamphetamine are examples of acts that would result in a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia arrest. As a drug offense eligible for PC 1000, paraphernalia charges can be dismissed pursuant to drug diversion. Thus allowing you to avoid a criminal record if you successfully comply and complete all court ordered terms. However, if you are convicted of drug paraphernalia, you face up to 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.


Under HS 11352, transportation of drugs and controlled substances with the intent to sell or distribute with the intent for sale is a South Bay felony drug crime. Furthermore, aiding and abetting in the transportation of drugs can also expose you to criminal prosecution. Like possession with intent to sell under HS 11351, transportation of drugs or “transport” is ineligible for drug diversion alternative sentencing. The penalties for conviction can include probation, drug rehabilitation, fines, and up to 5 years in prison. In cases involving allegations of transportation of drugs within the state of California, but across county lines would open your exposure to sentencing enhancements which increases your maximum state prison exposure to 9 years.


Following the passage of Prop. 64 in 2016, it became legal for adults over the age to 21 to use marijuana recreationally. In addition, the new marijuana law allows you to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants provided that it is for personal use. However, cultivating more than what is proscribed by California law would subject you to prosecution for illegal cultivation. As a wobbler drug offense, illegal cultivation of marijuana in the South Bay can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony drug crime in Torrance Court. Although most cultivation charges are filed as misdemeanors carrying up to 6 months in LA County jail, if you have prior serious felony convictions or are a registered sex offender, you face felony charges carrying state prison sentences.

Under The Influence Of A Controlled Substance

An arrest in the South Bay for being under the influence is a misdemeanor drug crime carrying up to 1 year in jail. Although under the influence of pursuant to HS 11550 is drug diversion eligible, it is a priorable offense which can lead to increasingly harsher penalties with mandatory jail time for multiple convictions within 7 years of your 1st offense. Additionally, a charge of under the influence while in possession of a gun or firearm would subject you to California firearm laws and sentencing enhancements, which can result in felony charges and a possible state prison sentence.

Contact Our South Bay Drug Crime Attorneys For A Free Consultation

Facing a misdemeanor or felony drug charge is a serious matter, and the consequences of ineffective legal assistance can often carry consequences that extend beyond the immediate criminal sanctions. The consequences of a drug charge can be mitigated with a skilled and experienced South Bay drug defense lawyer. Contact our South Bay drug lawyers today at (424) 757-0865 for a free case review if you have been arrested in Torrance, Lomita, Lawndale, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or Palos Verdes.

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