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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 Crime Charges

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

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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