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DEPORTATION AND DRUG LAWS

Posted on: June 1, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Health and Safety Codes 11350 and 11351

Orange County criminal defense lawyerIf you are an immigrant in the United States, and if you are arrested and charged with any drug crime in Orange County under California Health and Safety Codes 11350 and 11351, speak at once with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer. When Jesús Cordero was arrested in Los Angeles in 2011 for possessing Ecstasy, his lawyer recommended that Cordero should plead guilty so that he could get help and take advantage of drug counseling. When defendants accept that plea bargain and successfully complete counseling, the charge is dropped. In California, many suspects accused of minor drug crimes accept that deal. But Cordero was in the United States without documentation, so for him, a guilty plea could trigger a deportation procedure.

Minor offenders like Cordero may be about to receive some help. California’s legislators this year will consider a proposal to protect immigrants from deportation for minor drug convictions. It makes no difference whether you crossed the border last week without documents or if you’ve been residing here for years with a green card – a drug conviction can make you a candidate for deportation. The proposal now under consideration in Sacramento would let someone charged with minor drug possession choose treatment prior to entering a plea, and if the treatment is successfully completed, no plea would have to be entered. Those failing to finish the treatment would still face the charges and their consequences. This alternative would not be made available to offenders with previous drug sale convictions or violent or serious felony convictions.

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton, the proposal’s sponsor, told the Los Angeles Times, “For those who want to get treatment and get their life right, we should see that with open arms, not see it as a way of deporting somebody.” But for the moment, if you are charged with a drug crime in Orange County, you’ll need to contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer immediately.