A Ventura County man has been arrested for providing heroin to a minor who died later from an overdose. On May 22, 2010, a 15-year-old boy died after he overdosed on drugs, which officials say was provided by the defendant. According to ABC 7 News, the arrest was made on October 27 in Ojai following a four-month investigation. Police allege the Ojai man gave the teenager heroin and have charged him with providing controlled substances to a minor.
Selling or providing illegal drugs to a minor is a felony drug charge in California. Convicted offenders could face years of incarceration in a state prison and a strike under the California Three Strikes Law. Defendants facing felony drug charges would be well-advised to speak with a reputed criminal defense attorney to examine their legal rights and options.
In any drug crime case, it is critical to have skilled legal defense. The stakes in a drug crime case are extremely high, especial if a death is involved. A knowledgeable drug attorney will break down the evidence provided by the prosecutors and determine if any of the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated during the arrest, as many drug crime arrests are made illegally without proper warrants. In cases where the drug charges cannot be dismissed, a drug offense attorney will seek to have the drug charges reduced to a lesser offense. Depending upon the circumstances of the drug offense, defendants may also be able to avoid jail time through alternative sentencing, such as rehabilitation or community service.
If you or a loved one is facing a drug charge in Ventura County, please contact the experienced Ventura drug crime defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free and confidential consultation. Call us today at 1-866-430-8383 today to discuss your California drug crime case.