It is a federal crime for a convicted felon to be in unlawful possession of a firearm, and the ordinary maximum sentence for that crime is 10 years of imprisonment. However, under the Armed Career Criminal Act (Act), a convicted felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm is subject to “Sentencing: California Felony Convictions Increase Punishment under Federal Law”
Supreme Court Allows Warrantless Search of Apartment That Smelled of Marijuana
Police officers who followed a suspect into his apartment complex were legally justified to knock down the door of an apartment that belonged to a different individual, when they detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the apartment and heard sounds of evidence being destroyed after announcing their presence, “Supreme Court Allows Warrantless Search of Apartment That Smelled of Marijuana”
Defending Drug-Related Crimes in San Diego
I often represent individuals accused of committing crimes related to possession, sale and transportation of illegal drugs, prescription drug offenses related to pharmacy crimes, and offenses related to marijuana cultivation and possession. The primary defense in most drug possession and sale matters involves whether the prosecution can establish that the evidence was “Defending Drug-Related Crimes in San Diego”
Is that Drug Really Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, or Heroin?
In serious drug prosecutions, criminal defense lawyers cannot blindly trust police crime lab reports supposedly confirming that a substance is really cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or heroin. For that matter, anything coming out of the crime lab, such as blood toxicology results, DNA results and chain-of custody receipts should not be “Is that Drug Really Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, or Heroin?”