Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

California Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

In California, drug crimes are those of which concern the marketing, possession, distribution, and lastly the creation of the narcotic in an illegal way. Within this category of law violation for drug use, there are many varieties of unlawful narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, peyote, opiates, the unapproved use of oxycontin, and methamphetamine.

If you find yourself in search of an experienced, well-prepared, and fierce law firm, DRE A.P.C.  is the best. Located in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, and Orange County, the DRE law firm is ready to take on all drug-related criminal cases. Alongside an exceptionally educated support staff, the attorneys within the firm are constantly utilizing their capacity and skills for those in the need of a defense.

Drug Crimes Can Include the Following:

  • The custody of a narcotic, i.e. cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, etc.
  • The possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a narcotic for trafficking or sale of the substance
  • Transportation of a restricted substance
  • The sale of a restricted substance to a minor
  • Drug manufacturing and production


California and Drug Crimes

In the United States, the state of California is one of the highest in terms of drug possession and penalties. In California, the penalties and fines are complex and involve a variety of factors. This is because of some factors including the type of drug, the amount detected, past criminal record of the person, and if the narcotic was intended for sale or for personal consumption.

Essentially these crimes are in perpetual variation. For the most part, the consequences of the conviction or sentence are jail time, expensive legal fines, drug counseling or rehab, and the possible invalidation of certain personal documents like a driver’s license. In California, drug crimes can face extradition from other areas within the state and to confront charges.

Law enforcement can perform search warrants for houses, apartments, or vehicles in which they believe they can find illegal substances. If they encounter any narcotics during a search, the estate will be confiscated and lost. This can remove other properties of the accused individual, including money, vehicles, homes, etc.

Drug Crime Convictions

The conviction of a drug crime can also enlarge any crime sentence a person receives in future convictions. Additionally, in some cases, even if the person acquired the drugs mentioned above for personal use, the quantity of narcotics can result in the person being charged with possession and sale of drugs.

If you have been charged with drug possession or use, it is vital to retain the service of a remarkable lawyer to manage your case. DRE, A.P.C. has lawyers with prodigious skill and cunning that may even be able to get charges dismissed.

In conjunction with more serious drug convictions, the attorneys at DRE, A.P.C. can appeal for a lesser sentence or have the client’s time be completed in a drug program.

How to Hire a Narcotic or Drug Crime Attorney for Your Case

In case a person has been sentenced or taken into custody with a narcotic crime it is vital to get into communication with a law firm or attorney. 

Darren Richie, Esq has a team of the best professionals within the range of narcotic cases. Darren Richie’s Southern California firm is fierce and is ready to defend its clients against any drug crime sentence. His own experience and will are what have got him to continue his extensive line of winning cases. 

This firm has been known to all trial and tribunals, for its unbelievable results. The ongoing list of impeccable lawyers is prepared to uncover any unfair treatment or illegal practices done to you.

  Matthew Ashton   May 03, 2021   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Read More

DEA Agent Mark Ibrahim Loses Job, DRE to Defend

Mark Ibrahim

Mark Ibrahim DEA Agent


Mark Ibrahim is a DEA agent who was recently fired because he attended the rally on January 6th in the Capital.  Mr. Ibrahim was a part of the rally, not the riots and consequently did nothing wrong or illegal.  He is currently working with the firm here at DRE, A.P.C. to fight this unfair treatment.  In an interview with Fox News, he said:

“I was there with my brother. He is an FBI special agent. And no adverse action was taken against him, as it shouldn’t. As it shouldn’t have happened to me. And, you know, they got it wrong. Me and my brother both served in the Army. I followed him into federal law enforcement. My sister is a Navy veteran. My mom was in the Pentagon on 9/11. And I’m the son of two immigrants who left oppressive regimes. And, you know, my mom instilled in me a debt that we owe this country for the liberties and freedoms, they are not free. So, just the saddest part about this is I can’t serve my country anymore.”

Mark Ibrahim has the full backing of DRE Law to stand up for his rights to express his beliefs in a legal way without losing his livelihood.  As he further stated to Fox News:

“I am taking legal action against the DEA. Through the help of DRE law firms. They have been very supportive taking this as a matter of principle … I have been taking orders since I was 18. I was really was just going to accept this and my friends encouraged me to fight. They said not just on your behalf but everybody who is being wrongfully persecuted for their political views. I would encourage anybody if you have taken — if any adverse action was taken against you because of your political views you should fight.”


  Matthew Ashton   Mar 25, 2021   Blog   Comments Off on DEA Agent Mark Ibrahim Loses Job, DRE to Defend Read More

Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident At Gun Range

DRE is representing the victims of an accidental Rancho Cucamonga shooting at a local gun range.  According to the police, the incident occured while Cory Carmichael, 34, was trying to clear his handgun.  The gun went off, wounding Cory, but also striking Tatianna Holt.  Holt was 36 from Compton.

Both Cory and Tatianna were taken to the hospital for their wounds.  Sadly Tatianna was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The shooting has been ruled as accidental.

The gun range is located along the 9000 block of 9th Street in Rancho Cucamonga.

In light of this unfortunate incident, we want to remind everyone of gun safety tips to try to prevent things like this from ever happening again


Gun Safety Tips

  1. Always Treat a Gun Like It Is Loaded – This is the big one.  When you are handling a gun, always maintain the aim of the barrel downrange.  When clearing a weapon, or handling the gun at all, the barrel shouldn’t be pointed at the floor, the roof, the wall, anywhere that isn’t downrange at the target.  A lot of people think this isn’t really important, but this one rule could prevent most gun related accidents.
  2. Don’t Rely On The Safety (But Make Sure It’s On) – Just because a safety is on doesn’t mean that a gun is safe, which is why we have rule #1.  Always treat a gun like it’s loaded and the safety is off, even when it isn’t.  That being said, make sure your safety is on if you aren’t actively firing down range.
  3. Handle Firearms with Care – Sometimes guns can jam or misfire.  If this happens, contact your range master and handle the weapon with extreme caution.  In situations like this, the firearm could still discharge.  A live round is always a live round until the bullet has been fired, and could go off at any time.  Protect yourself and others by making sure to be extremely cautious around guns.

DRE, A.P.C. is currently representing the victims of this horrible accident in a wrongful death suit.  We express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Tatianna.


  Matthew Ashton   Dec 17, 2020   Blog, Uncategorized   Comments Off on Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident Read More

Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash

In Newport Beach, Grace Coleman was arrested and charged with murder after a DUI Crash with a car carrying a family of 3 girls and their parents.

In the crash, Coleman drove her Range Rover through a red light, colliding with a Nissan carrying the family of Henry Saldana Mejia and Gabriela Andrade.  Unfortunately both parents died in the crash and the daughters were all taken to the hospital for treatment.

Grace Coleman

The crash happened at the intersection of pelican hill road and newport coast drive in Newport Beach.  This is Coleman’s second DUI Arrest.

She has been charged with two felony counts of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or greater causing bodily injury and one felony count of hit and run with injury.

The hit and run charges against Grace Coleman were issued because after she crashed into the family, she tried to leave the scene on foot.  She was arrested and initially refused to take a breath and urine test.

Her test results indicated her Blood Alcohol level to be .20% more than twice the legal limit.

She suffered minor injuries from the accident and is currently in police custody in the hospital.

According to Orange Country District Attorney Todd Spitzer, “Three young girls are orphans because of the selfish decision of a stranger.”  We agree with the District Attorney on this point.

Even though Darren Richie, Esq.  (or as we all know him, DRE), is an amazing criminal defense attorney, in a situation like this he is not defending Grace Coleman.

Criminal charges are being pursued by the District Attorneys office that could put Grace Coleman behind bars for 34 years to life in prison.  This horrible DUI Crash has happened just 4 months after Grace was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

At 22 years old, only one year over the legal drinking age, Grace has orphaned 3 young children, killed two people, and put herself on trial for charges that could put her in prison for life.  Drinking and getting behind the wheel isn’t a joke.  Don’t do it!

At the same time, DRE is working to represent the 3 orphaned children and their family as a Personal Injury Attorney.  These three young girls should never had lost their parents, and as a father himself, DRE is going to battle for them as their protector!

DRE feels very deeply connected to this case and these children.  He is wielding all his expertise and knowledge in their defense.  They lost both of their parents at such a young age, and nothing can bring that back.

We feel terrible about this situation that these girls now find themselves in and want them to know they have a team that is going to fight for them like no one else can.  These three girls are 1, 4 and 5 years old right now.

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A reminder to everyone else, please don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications.  You can completely destroy the lives of innocent people who were doing nothing wrong.

CBS Report

ABC 7 News Report

  Matthew Ashton   Dec 11, 2020   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash Read More

Man’s Eye Explodes from Non-Lethal Projectile

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The use of “Non-Lethal Projectiles” by police officers is common in riots and other situations.  But just because something is non-lethal, doesn’t mean it is safe.

Warning – The following article contains graphic content.  Viewer discretion is advised.

The night of October 15, 2020, William Gonzalez was on top of the world.  The Los Angeles Lakers had just won the NBA Title and he was celebrating their win with friends.  Little did he know that disaster was coming. 

The Los Angeles Police Department had decided that the gatherings of people were in violation of the COVID restrictions that had been in force.

They tried to get the crowds to disperse, and when they didn’t, the LAPD used “non-lethal” tactics against the crowd.  This included the firing of non-lethal projectiles, or rubber/foam bullets into the crowd.

One of these bullets struck William in his eye.  Instantly his eye socket was shattered, his tear duct was torn apart and his eyeball exploded from the force. 

Despite the name, “non-lethal projectile”, these foam bullets are in fact still projectiles traveling at high speeds and impacts can cause massive damage.  William’s brother came to his aid, using a Kobe Bryant jersey to try to stop the bleeding.

Even in his injured state, William was forced to flee further because the police were still firing on the crowd.  They ran to a line of officers to try to get help and were initially pushed back, until they were finally allowed to get to an ambulance.  William had to wait at least 30 minutes with his eye in this condition before he was allowed to be transported to a hospital for care.

Despite the LAPD’s insistence that these projectiles can’t penetrate the skin and that their officers are trained not to take head shots, William sustained these massive injuries and another person in the crowd lost 8 teeth when they took a projectile to the mouth. 

Based on this case and other incidents over the last year with riots and protests, legislature and activists are now taking a serious look into the injuries that actually come from these Non-Lethal Projectiles.

non-lethal projectile

Take a look at the following video from Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters talking about Non-Lethal or Less Lethal projectiles and demonstrating the types of damage they can do.  If you want to see the test shots, go to about 4:00 in the video where Jamie is shooting small tennis balls and they penetrate a hanging blanket.  The Foam 40mm bullets used by the police still traveling at around 100 mph!

Police policy is to aim the weapons around the middle of a person, near their waist, and only firing at individuals who are a threat to the police.

  Video evidence is now suggesting that officers don’t actually comply with this training, firing into crowds of people, potentially hitting an innocent individual and wounding or disabling them.

Police are being defensive, stating that video footage and even their own body cam footage doesn’t capture all the events leading up to an incident.

Gonzalez is currently being aided in his lawsuit against the police by attorneys at DRE, A.P.C.  It is a tragedy and horrific that he had to experience this on a night that should have been a night of celebration and victory.  We hope that the use of Non-lethal projectiles will be further investigated and further laws and restrictions passed to prevent other innocent people from being needlesly injured by police.

For more information on this case, please contact DRE, A.P.C. at (213) 296-5838.  This case is currently active as of the publishing date of this article.

Here are some news articles about William’s case and the events surrounding the NBA Title Game:

LA Times Article

Newsweek Article
  Matthew Ashton   Dec 08, 2020   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Man’s Eye Explodes from Non-Lethal Projectile Read More
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