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What to Expect If Arrested For a Drug Charge in Orange County

Posted by attorney Randy Collins

If you’ve been recently arrested in Orange County, California, for drug possession, sales of drugs, or transportation thereof, here’s what you can expect:

· Transportation to the County Jail – Upon arrest, defendants will be handcuffed and whisked away to the county jail by trained police officers.

· Confiscation of Items – Upon arrival, items such as jewelry, money, and other valuables will be confiscated and kept in a safety deposit box until a release is made.

· Interrogation or Interviews – The police officer will ask few or many questions depending on what the precise drug charges are. In addition, these answers will be recorded or noted as preliminary evidence in court. During this process, identifying information is also taken, such as the defendant’s legal name, birth date, license information and more.

· Drug Testing – Depending on the drug charge, police officers will most likely run testing for drug abuse. Also the following step occurs:

· Observance by Drug Recognition Expert – A Drug Recognition expert is able to see the telltale signs of drug abuse – for different types of drugs, from experience and scientific knowledge.

· Personal Records – Arrestees in Orange County, as well as in other states will be mandatorily fingerprinted and photographed. This database is preserved and is useful to investigators for running background checks.

Your Rights During Drug Charge Arrests:

You have the right to remain silent, according to the Miranda Rights. This is recommended by criminal defense lawyers, whom you also have the right to call. Anything you say can and will be used against you.

If you’ve had a Drug Charge placed against you in Orange County and are now facing prison, high fines, and/or the opening of a Federal case, MacGregor & Collins can help. We will bring superior legal experience to aid you in this challenging time, by reducing the sentencing or dismissing fines.

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