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Oakland Drug Distribution Attorney

We Can Defend You Against Felony Drug Charges

Were you recently arrested on drug charges? If so, we urge you to contact The Castillo Law Office to find out how an Oakland drug crime lawyer can help you! Attorney Castillo has years of solid legal experience, and he has earned some of the most sought after distinctions in the legal field. He is included in the selection of the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for 2013, which represents less than 2.5% of California attorneys, and he earned the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®.

What is Drug Distribution?

California's list of controlled substances can be found under California's Health & Safety Code Section 11053-11058. "Distribution" is an umbrella term that refers to the acts of transporting, importing, selling, furnishing, giving away, and administering a controlled substance.

Under the Health & Safety Code § 11352, every person who transports, imports into California, sells, administers, furnishes, or gives, or transports, any controlled substance, unless upon a valid written prescription, shall be imprisoned pursuant to § 1170(h) of the California Penal Code for three, four, or five years.

While Section 11352 applies to a long list of controlled substances in Section 11054, some of them include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • GHB
  • Prescription Medications

Contact an Oakland drug crime lawyer today!

There is a significant difference in how California prosecutes drug possession for personal use versus drug distribution. While simple possession is usually classified as a misdemeanor, the distributing, selling, giving away, furnishing or transporting of a controlled substance is prosecuted as a felony in California, thereby incurring much harsher penalties.

It is not difficult for a seemingly innocent scenario to lead to an arrest and felony drug charges. For example, an individual can give a friend one of their prescription pills to ease their pain and discomfort, but not even realize that such action can land them in prison for three to five years.

If you're facing drug charges, we urge you to contact The Castillo Law Office for help. We understand how easy it is to get mixed up in serious drug charges and we can aggressively defend you in order to protect your job, your family, your freedom and your future!

Hear it From A Few
Of Our Clients

  • I would highly recommend Mr Castillo to anyone.

    “Mr Castillo represented me on a criminal case in which I was falsely accused in 2012. He took over the case from a previous lawyer who was less aggressive and not actively pursing my defense. Mr Castillo is a confident, aggressive and very persistent lawyer. He kept my family and I up to date on the case and also returned our calls on time. Mr Castillo persuaded me not to take any deal and wanted take the case to trial because he was confident that he would win. With the Lord's guidance and Ernie's aggressiveness my case was dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr Castillo to anyone.”


  • I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.

    “A few years back, Ernie Castillo represented a family member of mine who was charged with a vehicular offense. Although minor compared to the high profile cases Ernie is accustomed to, Ernie took the case with the utmost professionalism and was able to reduce the charge so that my family member's record was not affected. I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.”


  • I would recommend Mr. Castillo without any reservation.

    “Ernie Castillo was highly recommended to us. I researched and interviewed a few attorneys before making a decision of who we were going to select. It's so tough selecting when you're skeptical with the horror stories of attorney's not feeling the passion for their work but the money. After long conversations my husband and I decided to go with Ernie to represent our son in a serious case with multiple charges. We were not disappointed at all. Mr. Castillo expertise exceeded our expectations. His was thorough, he kept us up to date on the case, answered all our questions, returned our calls in a timely manner, he's truly a genuine and sincere person. Most of all his knowledge in handling the case was remarkable. I can't express thanks enough to Ernie for the spectacular job he did defending my son who was facing years in jail. He took a stressful situation and relieved it with a positive outcome. I would recommend Mr. Castillo without any reservation.”