Walnut Creek Drug Possession Lawyers
Arrested for a Drug Crime in East Bay?
Illicit drugs, or “controlled substances” as they are better
known in California’s legal codes, are any sort of a drug or chemical
that has its distribution, possession, and use controlled by the government.
Being found in possession of one of these substances can result in serious
penalties, including felony charges in severe cases.
There are three primary Health and Safety Codes that regulate this wide
range of substances:
Code 11350 includes narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and LSD as well as prescription
drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine
Code 11357 includes marijuana
Code 11377 includes methamphetamines and other stimulants such as PCP, special K,
or certain anabolic steroids.
If you have been accused of possession of a controlled substance, it is
imperative that you reach out and contact a skilled
Walnut Creek criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The award-winning legal professionals at The Cardoza
Law Offices, Inc. have helped numerous clients with their drug crimes
charges, and have a long-standing record of securing favorable outcomes.
Be proactive about your legal defense. Call The Cardoza Law Offices at
(925) 274-2900 today!
Penalties for Drug Possession
Illegal possession of a controlled substance charges can carry widely-varying
penalties. Factors such as the amount of the substance you are discovered
with, your intentions in possessing it, and whether or not you manufactured
or grew the substance yourself will affect the state’s charges against you.
For drugs covered by
Codes 11350 and 11377, simple possession is usually considered a misdemeanor, meaning you face
up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first conviction.
Marijuana law (Code 11357) can vary heavily depending on the amount you are found in possession
of, but is either a petty infraction or a misdemeanor with a maximum jail
time of up to six months and a $500 fine. However, the penalties for a
violation of any of the three codes can increase significantly if you
have any previous felony convictions.
Contact the Cardoza Law Offices online today and request a free initial consultation. Our East Bay defense
firm is ready to review your case.