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Oakland Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Drug Trafficking & Transportation

Whether you're facing state drug charges for transportation or federal drug trafficking charges, your entire future and your freedom are on the line. At The Castillo Law Office, our founder, Ernesto Castillo defends both state and federal drug charges. His unwavering dedication to his clients' cases has earned him inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for 2013, and the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®.

If you are facing drug transportation or trafficking charges, you need an aggressive Oakland drug crime lawyer fighting hard to protect your constitutional rights and your freedom!

Understanding State vs. Federal Drug Laws

Under Section 11352 of the Health & Safety Code, every person who transports, imports, sells, furnishes, administers, or gives away, or offers to transport, import into California, sell, furnish, administer, or give away any controlled substance specified under Section 11054, or any controlled substance classified as a Schedule III, IV, or V, which is a narcotic drug, without a valid prescription, shall be punished to three, four, or five years in prison.

Depending upon the facts of the case, a transportation charge can be prosecuted as a federal crime. This means that you can be prosecuted in federal court.

  • According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), you could face the following penalties for a federal drug trafficking charge:
  • Cocaine (500 – 4,999 grams mixture): First offense, between 5 and 40 years in prison, and fine not to exceed $5 million if an individual.
  • Heroin (100-999 grams mixture): First offense, 5 to 40 years in prison, and maximum $5 million dollar fine.
  • LSD (1-9 grams mixture): First offense, 5 to 40 years in prison, and maximum $5 million dollar fine.
  • Other Schedule I & II substances not specified: First offense, not more than 20 years in prison and a maximum $1 million dollar fine for an individual.

Secure a strong defense today!

If you're facing transportation or trafficking charges, we urge you to contact The Castillo Law Office today. You must remember that law enforcement and prosecutors are not on your side, but Attorney Castillo is ON YOUR SIDE! We will work hard to unearth any evidence that may poke holes in the prosecution's case and get your sentence and penalties reduced, if not dropped altogether!

Contact our Oakland criminal defense firm to schedule your FREE case evaluation!

Hear it From A Few
Of Our Clients

  • 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 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 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.”