Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

If you are caught with drugs in California, there are a significant number of charges you may face.

You can be charged with the crime of “possession for sale” just for having a certain amount of a drug, even if you had no intention of selling anything. If you are pulled over with drugs in your car, you can be charged with “transportation.” Other allegations like manufacturing and conspiracy can ensnare defendants in serious consequences.

Whether you have been charged with a crime involving illegal drugs like marijuana or meth or a prescription drug crime involving OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Xanax® or some other substance, contact me for a free consultation and personal attention from a local attorney familiar with the Lake County and Mendocino County courts.

Explore Your Defenses to Avoid Conviction

There are a number of ways to defend you against drug crime charges. There may be constitutional “search and seizure” issues with regard to how the police got their hands on the evidence. You may not have known there were drugs in your car, or there may be other situations where you are charged with possessing drugs that weren’t yours.

In California, there may be a medical marijuana defense if you have a valid recommendation from a medical doctor. However, the state continues to try to crack down on people with valid recommendations who have more than a certain amount of marijuana. You need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the defenses and will address every issue that could possibly help you avoid conviction.

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Representing Accident Victims

An accident resulting in serious injuries can cause extreme financial hardship. Medical bills can pile up. Often, accident victims are left unable to work temporarily or long term, making it difficult or impossible to pay bills and support a family.

A personal injury lawyer committed to helping people dealing with the most serious accident-related injuries. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer following an accident can help you get through the tough physical, emotional and financial hardships you face. I invite you to contact my law offices to learn how I can help.

Personal Injury Representation

Individuals who have been injured in an accident caused by another person or party’s negligence may be eligible for significant compensation. From my law office, I represent individuals who have been injured in the following types of motor vehicle accidents:

  • Car accidents and truck accidents such as semis and 18-wheelers
  • Motorcycle accidents and those related to drunk driving
  • Pedestrian accidents including those related to hit-and-run accidents
  • Boating accidents and more

I also represent the families of victims of accidents resulting in a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, I can help you understand your rights and legal options. Do not wait too long to speak to a personal injury attorney. The earlier you take action, the more options you may have for pursuing compensation for your loss.

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Rape and Statutory Rape

Rape and Statutory Rape

Defending Against False Accusations of Rape and Sexual Assault

The facts surrounding allegations of rape or sexual assault are never cut and dry. There is always a different view of what happened according to each party. However, if you are the one being accused of rape, you deserve a strong legal defense by a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.

My name is J. David Markham. I am a criminal defense attorney and certified criminal law specialist in California. I will use my decade of experience in criminal law to aggressively and effectively defend you against any rape, statutory rape or sexual assault charges. I have an office in Lakeport and can serve as a Lake County rape attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Protect Your Future and Fight Against Rape Charges

There is a lot at stake if you are facing rape charges. Not only are there criminal penalties such as fines and jail time, but the possibility of registration as a sex offender. Once you are on the sex offender registry, it is almost always for life. This is public record to anyone and the social stigma from this is devastating. Your future employment and work opportunities will be negatively affected. I will do everything I can to help protect your future and fight off rape charges by aggressively advocating for your innocence as well as thoroughly combing through the evidence and all relevant facts.

Statutory Rape Charges

In California, having sex with a minor (someone under the age of 18) is considered statutory rape. This is regardless of whether the sexual act was consensual or not. Even if the minor lied about their age, this is not a defense. The larger the age difference the more severe the criminal penalties. If you are facing statutory rape charges, now is the time to seek out the appropriate legal representation.

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