Houman Fakhimi

Simple Drug Possession Charges can Result in Deportation

Riverside drug possession attorneys were glad to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday March 31, 2010, considered whether a longtime legal permanent resident can be deported to his native country after pleading guilty to two minor drug offenses, i.e possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and possession of one prescription Xanax pill. ( The government argued that the second conviction although for mere possession of a controlled substance, was an "aggravated felony" because the defendant Jose Angel Carachuri-Rosendo could have been charged with recidivist drug possession a crime that is punishable as a felony under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA.)

According to an article by Courthouse News Service the Immigration and Nationality Act defines an aggravated felony to include any felony "punishable" under the CSA. The final ruling is not expected until June of 2010. Our Orange county presdription drug possession attorneys have handled many cases on behalf of legal and undocumented residents and are quite familiar with the interaction between state laws and the immigration policies. We have recently been able to resolve cases with implication of p ossession with intent to sell so that the immigrant client does not face deportation. If you or a loved one are facing charges for possession of a drug for personal use or for sale you should immediately contact our Los Angeles drug sales attorneys so that we can evaluate your case at no costs.