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Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with drug crimes, it is essential to obtain legal council for help right away.  

What are Drug Crimes?

Drug crimes range anywhere from possession to drug trafficking, so the legal defenses and penalties vary greatly.

Drug crimes include:

Penalties for Drug Crimes

A drug crime, depending on what type of crime, can be a misdemeanor of a felony. The penalties vary but they usually include imprisonment, thousands of dollars in fines, and probation. More significant cases can be prosecuted in Federal Court with much more severe punishment.

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Legal Defenses for Drug Crimes

Many drug crime violations are a result of an illegal search or seizure by the police. An illegal search or seizure occurs when:

  • You or your property are searched without a valid California search warrant
  • The search area was exceeded – for example, they only had a warrant to search your person, not your home
  • You were detained and searched unlawfully without probably cause

Police misconduct can include planting evidence, lying about where they found a controlled substance, lying about the probable cause that led to the search and arrest, using excessive force to get a confession.

Sometimes undercover police will coerce or harass someone to get them to do something that they otherwise wouldn’t have done. In order to use this as a defense, the coercion and harassment have to be at a level that would be hard for a reasonable person to refuse.

Perhaps you had drugs planted on you without you knowing. You have to have known that you had drugs on your person to be guilty of drug crimes.

Have you been legally accused of committing drug crimes? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Drug Crimes

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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Your Defense Attorney for Drug Crimes

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer to represent you and help you fight the criminal charges you’re facing is an important decision that may affect the outcome of your case. It’s best if the criminal defense lawyer you choose is local, with experience in your local courthouse and the local officials and procedures. It’s also best to choose a criminal defense lawyer with experience representing others who faced the same or similar charges that you’re facing. Additionally, you want to choose a lawyer who sees you as a person, not a case, and who will fight for you.

The best criminal lawyer in Fresno for you and the situation you’re in is someone who has dealt with the same or similar charges that you’re facing and who is willing to fight for you to the fullest extent of the law. The best criminal lawyer in Fresno will be a certified Criminal Law Specialist with decades of experience handling cases like yours. The best criminal lawyer in Fresno is someone you can trust to be honest with you about your case, your options, and with getting you the best outcome possible. Mark Broughton is widely considered one of the best criminal lawyers in Fresno. He just may be the best for you, too.

A private practice criminal defense lawyer will have more time for your case than a public defender because they take on fewer cases. Public defenders often have more cases than they can handle, and yours would be just one more added to the load. Public defenders also will get assigned more cases in the future, regardless of the outcome of your case. A private practice criminal defense lawyer, on the other hand, is putting their reputation for future business on the line with how they handle your case. If they do a poor job, their business will suffer. So, it’s in their best interest, as well as yours, for them to do the best job possible in defending you.

An Avvo Rating speaks to a lawyer’s background but does not evaluate their knowledge of the law, past performance on individual cases, personality, or communication skills. The rating is based on information the lawyer has provided on their Avvo profile plus other information collected from state bar associations and other organizations that license and govern legal professionals. The Avvo Rating is a place to start and may even be a tool to use when determining which lawyers to reach out to and interview. However, more important than a good Avvo rating is the lawyer’s experience with your type of case and how they treat you. That’s something a number just can’t express.

Criminal defense lawyers are people who, as lawyers, are held to high ethical standards. In fact, the State Bar of California document outlining the California Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers is 69 pages long. Those who engage in professional misconduct face disciplinary actions and consequences. You can check an individual lawyer’s history by doing an Attorney Search, which will show any discipline or administrative actions as well as their license status and any certified legal specialties.

A defense lawyer’s skill and trial experience contribute to how often they “win” their court cases. Mark Broughton once won 4 or 5 murder trials in a row, and the next one was dismissed by the District Attorney on the opening day of the trial. This is extremely rare, even for a very skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer like Mark Broughton. But a “win” isn’t always an acquittal. Some of the best “wins” are settlements. Some cases are “won” by getting a good sentencing result. Some are “wins” even though there is a guilty verdict but it’s to a lesser charge than what the prosecution was going for (for example, voluntary manslaughter instead of a murder charge, or simple sexual battery instead of a rape charge).

When you hire a criminal defense lawyer, you can expect to receive the benefit of their experience and expertise with criminal legal proceedings. Your lawyer will look at all the details of your case, form a strategy for fighting the charges against you, and speak for you to help you obtain the best possible outcome. You can expect your criminal defense lawyer to consider all the legal defenses for the charges you’re facing and explain all of your options. You should expect them to be ethical and honest with you, and for them to treat you with compassion and respect. You’ll get all of this when you hire Mark Broughton as your criminal defense lawyer, and you should accept no less from anyone else.

Related Areas of Practice:

Drug Possession

Possession for Sale

Prescription Drug Fraud

Drug Manufacturing

Transportation / Distribution of Methamphetamine

DUI

Juvenile Defense

Drug Crimes

Drug Possession

Possession for Sale

Prescription Drug Fraud

Drug Manufacturing

Transportation / Distribution of Methamphetamine

DUI

Juvenile Defense

Drug Crimes

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