The state of California splits drug possession charges into two categories: simple possession and possession with the intent to sell.
Either of these charges can stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life, and the consequences can be very severe.
If you were caught with drugs, whether they were for personal use or you intended to sell them to others, your next step should be to call a drug possession lawyer in Sacramento for help.
You should not answer any questions, even if the charges against you are completely false. You have the constitutional right to have an attorney present during any police questioning, and it’s nearly always best for you to use your right to remain silent until your lawyer arrives.
The penalties for drug possession and intent to sell are too severe for you to gamble with on your own. For most people, it’s best to talk to a criminal defense lawyer who understands what’s at stake – and who is willing to work hard to preserve your freedom.
Some of the most common drug charges in California include:
To be clear, you can be charged with a crime for possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia in the state of California. Drug paraphernalia, even if you’re not using it at the time, can include:
This isn’t a comprehensive list. In fact, there are a number of objects that the state considers drug paraphernalia – and many of them have other uses, as well. The courts will, according to the law, take into account a person’s past criminal history and circumstantial evidence to determine whether something counts as drug paraphernalia.
Drug trafficking carries its own set of charges and penalties, and it involves carrying drugs across state lines. Drug trafficking is a federal crime that can land you in a federal prison – sometimes for life.
While California allows for several possible defenses to drug possession charges, including medical necessity and entrapment, the penalties of a conviction can be severe. Although most possession of a controlled substance charges are considered felonies, some are misdemeanors.
Some misdemeanor drug possession charges in California include:
Possession of most controlled substances is a felony, including:
Possession of a controlled substance can put you in prison. The state of California classifies drugs according to their danger and risk of addiction; the higher the classification, the harsher the penalties involved.
If you’ve been accused of possession of a controlled substance, it may be a good idea to talk to a drug possession lawyer in Sacramento as soon as possible. Don’t make any statements without your attorney present; doing so could cost you the best possible outcome for your case.
Your attorney can accompany you during questioning and will go with you to your arraignment (when the judge reads your formal charges and allows you to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty”).
The Sacramento court system can move quickly, at least when it comes to charging people with drug crimes.
That means you don’t have the luxury of time on your side.
You need tough legal representation as soon as possible, and we may be able to help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Call us at 916-303-2800 or contact us online for a free consultation about your case. We’ll evaluate the facts and provide you with case-specific legal advice.