Aggressive Drug Crimes Attorneys Representing Los Angeles County and Southern California Clients
There are several categories of drug crimes which include possession, sale, distribution, and manufacture. Depending on the drug, the punishment for each crime may be minor or very serious. For example, since marijuana has been legalized for adult use, possession of reasonable amounts is no longer a crime. Prescription drugs and more addictive drugs, such as heroin or methamphetamine, are still very much illegal and will result in misdemeanor charges.
Determining Drug Charge Penalties
The severity of your charge relies heavily on the potential damage each drug can cause to an individual’s health. They are divided into five classes: Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V, Schedule I drugs being the most dangerous. On the other end of the spectrum, Schedule V drugs are the least addictive and most widely prescribed.
Schedule I classified drugs include opium derivatives, cocaine base, mescaline, peyote, or synthetic cannabis (including their isomers, esters, ethers, salts, and salts of isomers, esters, and ethers). Possession of these drugs results in a misdemeanor charge and no more than one year in state prison. The sale, distribution or manufacture of Schedule I drugs incur more serious charges.
Since the passing of Proposition 47, simple possession of all scheduled drugs is punishable only by a misdemeanor.
Get the Representation You Need
Wegman & Levin has defended countless clients facing various drug crimes. We will assess the arrest report to determine whether the arresting officers complied with all necessary policies and regulations when you were apprehended. Together, we can build a strong case in your favor.