I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A DRUG CRIME IN CALIFORNIA. WHAT NOW?
California drug laws are complicated and interact with federal law such that both the charges and the penalties can vary wildly. Under California state law, the two broad categories of crime related to drugs are possession and possession with intent to sell. The California Health and Safety Code also separates offenses related to controlled substances from offenses related to marijuana. There are also separate offenses related to phencyclidine (PCP) and methamphetamine (meth).
There is a significant difference in the potential penalties for those simply in possession, especially in quantities indicative of personal use, with those in possession and believed to be engaged in drug dealing.
Additionally, in 2016, the recreational use of marijuana was decriminalized in the state of California, therefore you may not be charged for it under a state statute but, be aware, that it can still be an issue if related to federally-controlled activity.
While addiction and other personal issues certainly come into play, there are common defenses that can help to minimize or eliminate sentencing for drug charges. These include proving a medical necessity, the fact that the drug was prescribed by a doctor and in a manner that would render possession legal, if the drug evidence was obtained through an unlawful search and seizure and entrapment.
Seasoned and compassionate counsel can help you navigate the complexities of California drug law and hopefully, help you secure the help you need.
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