Drug crimes widely vary by definition. In essence, it is illegal to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute substances that have the potential to be abused. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines are some examples.

A drug crime is considered one of the many felony crimes in the US that severely affects the user’s conduct. Moreover, drugs lead to a user being violent and other illicit activity in the context of drug trafficking.

If you or someone you know has a drug crime charge that is related to the following, seek a professional and well-experienced drug crimes defense attorney.

  • Paraphernalia
  • Trafficking
  • Possession
  • Manufacturing
  • Delivery/Transportation
  • Sale
  • Importation

A life with a drug crime conviction can severely impact your physical and psychological wellness. The first step is to learn more about your charges and find a California drug crimes attorney to help you get proper counsel.


Drug Crime Attorney

California approaches drug crimes differently. They use the deterrence and incapacitation theory that underpins California’s especially harsher approach to drug crime charges. Increased arrests, convictions, and prison sentences are promoted as the primary means of discouraging drug use and reducing street violence.

Hiring a drug crimes attorney is the first step when facing a drug offense involving prescription drugs, transportation, possession, or sale. A band of talented and experienced drug crime lawyers will help you learn more about your charges and the proper defense strategy when it comes to prosecuting California drug crimes.


LibertyBell Law’s drug crimes defense attorneys have prepared and strategically presented defense tactics that require precision and style in court. In some situations, disputing the testimony, evidence, and alleged facts in criminal defense may make sense.

In other circumstances, it will be more prudent for the defense to concentrate on procedural flaws, such as a breach of a defendant’s right to be free from search and seizure. “I didn’t do it,” is the most popular defense to any criminal allegation. In some cases, it’s evident that the drugs in question belong to someone else, so if you say you didn’t “do it,” you’re implying that the drugs in question belong to someone else.

A drug charge on a permanent record can ruin the chances of a professional, and financial future. Hiring an experienced and highly strategic drug crimes attorney in California who can provide strong defense will go beyond giving you proper counsel.


Drug Crime Lawyer

Criminal Defense Lawyer

LibertyBell Law’s attorneys in California are formed by  criminal defense lawyers  who have a track record of building strong cases and winning against other drug offense cases. Our attorneys know that thousands of people continue to endure life-altering repercussions due to false drug accusations.

We offer expertise in handling difficult drug-related offenses. and have seasoned legal professionals who have access to all the resources necessary to get the best possible outcomes in drug and device lawsuits.


Drug Defense Attorney

With  LibertyBell Law Firm  ‘s proactive and effective defense techniques for drug-related matters, you can find a California drug crimes defense lawyer with ease.

Call us today at (877) 545-3127 for a free consultation with a criminal attorney from our team. We are ready to defend you beyond the walls of the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Gina Tennen


At A Glance

  • Expert legal strategist.
  • Experienced in both prosecution and defense.
  • Relentless fighter for her clients with results to prove it.
  • Received the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
  • Featured in Time Magazine’s “Leaders of Criminal Defense” in the 100 Most Influential People edition.

Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney, lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

You demand the best defense. Take hold of your life and speak to our defense attorneys by calling 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) now.

Founder Gina Tennen and all the defense attorneys at LibertyBell Law Group uphold that when the bell rings, it rings for life and liberty for all.



Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub.


I hired Gina and her team for my son who was facing 10 years for something they said he did when he was 17 years old. Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub. She did not stop. She fought hard and was able to defend the charges. We are so grateful to her and her team. They gave us our son. He recovered his life!

– L. W.
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I hired this law firm in 2014 for my son who was facing 16 years in prison for a felony robbery. Lina Helou answered all our questions. I was extremely distraught regarding what my son was facing but Lina comforted me and told me that it would be okay. And thank goodness LibertyBell saved my son from going to jail and they were able to obtain only 3 years of probation. I could not have hired a better law firm for my son and if you want the best defense call LibertyBell Law Group. Thank God for this great group of lawyers.

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– S. O.
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My father had found this group through his company and coworkers. I was assigned Gina Tennen and I cannot explain in just a review on how gratefull I am to be working with her. My case was an accusation of unlawful sex. This had looked extremely bad on my part since I was in a fraternity and she was in a sorority. During these times with Greek life, there are too many bad stigmas surrounding these organizations. Gina had believed in me and knew that I was innocent and that these accusations just were not true. She took her time to review all of my evidence and proved my innocence. I totally recommend this law group because they are willing to put in the work to help your situation.

– C. D.
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When I first heard I was under a criminal investigation, I initially thought I would try and resolve this in the best way possible, without legal representation, as we were all interested in a "just" outcome. I quickly discovered that was not the case and contacted Gina at LibertyBell. She clearly described the expectations and the choices available to me. She was always available to me, and when I called, if she couldn't talk with me at that time, she would quickly get back to me. Gina always kept me fully aware of how the case was proceeding. Her fee's were stipulated up front, as well as what those fees covered and what they did not.

– S. B.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a drug defense?

    An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you create a defense that fits your case and promises the best outcome for you.

    Possible defenses include explaining that you have a prescription, that the substance is not illicit, and that the search and seizure that uncovered the drugs was illegal. Another common argument is that the drugs belong to someone else.

    When you meet with a lawyer, you can discuss your case and the best line of defense for your circumstances.

  • What is the jail time for drug possession?

    The jail time for drug possession varies widely depending on the drug and the amount found in your possession. If you are charged with simple possession, the jail time is often a year, depending on the specific substance. If you are found to have intent to sell, that can add several years to your potential jail time.

    In California, if you are found to have more than the legal maximum of marijuana for personal use, then you may face six months in county jail.

  • What are the 4 main categories of drug crimes?

    Most drug offenses fall into these four categories.

    Selling drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, pipes, or syringes is one. Many items intended for drug use come with labels stating that they should only be used with tobacco and other legal substances, but it’s still possible to be charged for selling or exporting paraphernalia.

    Drug possession is another common offense. It’s a crime under state and federal law to possess controlled substances. The severity of the crime depends upon the amount of drugs found in the suspect’s possession. A large quantity of drugs may indicate an intent to distribute drugs, which is a more serious crime.

    Manufacturing drugs is another crime, and it includes involvement in any of the steps involved in producing illegal drugs.

    Drug trafficking is the last major category. Drug trafficking describes the intent to sell and distribute drugs on a large scale and often includes transporting the drugs as well. Drug dealing falls into this category, although it’s a less severe crime since it is on a smaller scale.

  • How do you win a drug case?

    When you’re faced with drug-related charges, it’s essential to find an attorney with knowledge in that area of the law. The right attorney can work closely with you to create a defense that suits your needs. You can also look into options for having your case dismissed.

    Proper legal support from an expert will increase your chances of winning and avoiding jail time.

  • Can you go to jail for using drugs in California?

    Yes, you can go to jail if you are found in possession of drugs in California. The amount of drugs found in your possession will make a significant impact on the charges and potential penalties.

    Since marijuana is legal in California, adults over 21 are legally allowed to possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis. More than that amount, however, can lead to jail time and fines.