Laws in California cover a variety of different drug crimes, which you may be aware of already if you have been charged. It is important to remain well-versed in drug crime law if you have become part of the criminal justice system. From there, you can learn the penalties that you may receive, whether you are looking at a felony or misdemeanor, and what steps will happen next.
Paraphernalia: Drug paraphernalia is equipment that people use to prepare, inject, and inhale drugs. It is against the law for anybody to sell, import, and export various types of paraphernalia such as bongs, pipes, rolling papers, and syringes. People across the country sell bongs in shops legally, stating that they are to only be used with tobacco. However, based on where you purchased the item or how it looks when you are under suspicion of a drug crime, you could be arrested for obtaining it.
Possession: Every state is different in regards to drug possession. Possessing drugs like heroin and cocaine are against the law and your state will dictate what will be done if you are charged with a crime. If you have been charged with simple possession, this means that you only had a small quantity of drugs for personal use upon your arrest. A large amount on you, however, could lead to charges of possession with intent to distribute. Depending on how much you had at the time, you could receive minor or harsh penalties.
Manufacturing: If you were involved in the production process of a drug, you could be charged with manufacturing. Intent to manufacture must be proven by the prosecution, which could lead to harsh penalties.
Trafficking: Drug trafficking is a very serious crime in California. This includes the selling, transportation, and import of illegal substances. Usually it involves a large amount of drugs, which will lead to larger penalties. You could spend anywhere from 3 years to life in prison for this crime.
Dealing: This is selling drugs on a smaller scale. Usually it is charged less severely than trafficking because of the amount of drugs.
Because drug crimes are treated so seriously under California laws, it is important to have somebody on your side who understands these laws. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we understand drug crime laws and can help you with your case. Call us for more information on what we can do for you!