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Los Angeles Drug Crimes Will Change Radically

Posted on: March 19, 2010 at 12:14 a.m.

Any Los Angeles Drug Crime Defense Attorney will tell you that the sentencing standards in drug offense cases are the cause of more pain and heartache than almost any other area of criminal law. Between the Three Strikes Law in California and the general disdain for drugs in the city, Attorney teams work double time to prevent their clients from going to jail for even minor infractions.

The United States Senate passed a bill years ago that created a huge disparity between the sentencing standards of cocaine infractions and crack infractions. As drug crimes go, in the past, the ratio of sentencing was 100-1, cocaine to crack. This means that 100 ounces of cocaine was equal to 1 ounce of crack in terms of sentencing. The Senate changed all of that, reducing the ratio to 18-1.

While this may not seem like a big deal, any Defense Attorney will admit that this will partially lift a huge burden carried by the black community. African Americans were punished in a far more severe way for possessing crack than a white person would be for possessing cocaine. The law was racist, punishing minorities, simply because they could not afford the more affluent drug of cocaine.

African American and other minority communities are often unduly punished by state and federal drug laws, facing excessive fines, jail time and probation for Los Angeles Drug Crimes. The state of California has zero tolerance when it comes to drug related offenses. All drug crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Commonly committed drug crimes include: drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, drug distribution, drug cultivation, and money laundering.

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