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In addition to California and federal law, the Controlled Substances Act governs drug crimes. In the state of California, many drugs are considered illegal, with Marijuana, Heroin, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, and unauthorized prescription drugs like Xanex being the most prevalent.

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What are the Defenses Against Drug Crimes?

There are some common ways to defend against drug crimes. The first is a medical necessity (assuming the drug is Marijuana or you have a prescription). If you have opiates and have a prescription from a doctor or can otherwise prove medical necessity, the rules for possession change.

Likewise, if the evidence for drug crimes was obtained via an illegal search, that evidence can be thrown out. There have been cases of the police using entrapment techniques or even planting drugs at crime scenes to get a conviction. Also, lab procedures used for detecting drug residues can be flawed or done improperly.

Drug Laws And Penalties in California

Under California drug sentencing guidelines, most instances of simple drug possession for personal use are charged as misdemeanors rather than felonies. These crimes are punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000. You can also be put on parole, which means you will be subject to random drug testing, and the police can search you at any time without a warrant and cause. In some circumstances, possession of drugs can be prosecuted as a felony, such as if you have a prior conviction for a serious felony. A felony conviction is punishable by up to three years in county jail. In some cases, you may qualify for a drug treatment program or drug court, allowing you to serve your sentence in a drug treatment program instead of jail. An experienced drug crimes defense attorney can help you get the best outcome if you face drug possession charges in California.


  • Under 28.5 grams of Marijuana (Infraction) – HS 11357(b)

If you are under 18 and it is your first offense, you will be required to complete 4 hours of drug education or counseling and serve up to 10 hours of community service for up to 2 months. 

For subsequent offenses, you will have to complete six hours of drug education or counseling and up to 20 hours of community service over up to 3 months.

If you are between 18 and 21, you may have to pay a fine of up to $100.

  • Over 28.5 grams of Marijuana (Misdemeanor) – HS 11357(c)

If you are under 18 and it is your first offense, you will have to attend 8 hours of drug education or counseling and up to 40 hours of community service over up to 3 months. Subsequent offenses will require 10 hours of drug education and up to 60 hours of community service over up to 4 months.

If you are over 18, you can be punished with up to 6 months in county jail and a fine of up to $500.

  • Concentrated Cannabis (Misdemeanor or Felony) – HS 11357(a)

If you possess more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis products and are over 18, this is treated the same as possessing more than 28.5 grams of marijuana.

If you are under the age of 18 and you possess more than 4 grams of concentrated cannabis, this is also treated the same as possessing more than 28.5 grams of cannabis.

Cocaine | HS 11350  

While cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance, cocaine base (crack) is a Schedule I controlled substance. Possession of cocaine for personal use is punishable by up to a year in jail. If you are a first-time offender, you can usually get a drug diversion and avoid spending time in jail.

Therefore, possession of a cocaine base is more likely to result in a felony conviction than possession of cocaine.

Felony Possession of Cocaine with a Loaded Firearm – HS 11370.1  

If you possess any amount of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or phencyclidine while also armed with a loaded, working firearm, you can be punished by 2 to 4 years in state prison.

Heroin | HS 11350  

Possession of heroin for personal use is punishable by up to a year in jail. If you are a first-time offender, you can usually get a drug diversion and avoid spending time in jail.

 “Meth” | HS 11377  

Possession of methamphetamine for personal use is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $70. If you are a first-time offender, you can usually get a drug diversion and avoid spending time in jail.

 Prescription Drugs Without Prescription | BPC 4064  

Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription for personal use is punishable by up to a year in jail. If you are a first-time offender, you can usually get a drug diversion and avoid spending time in jail.

However, according to Business and Professions Code 4064, pharmacists may legally refill a prescription without the relevant medical provider’s authorization. Suppose they reasonably believe that failing to refill the prescription would interrupt ongoing care or adversely affect your health. This may help your defense, although it does not exempt you from punishment for possessing the drug without a prescription.

Transportation or Selling of Controlled Substances

Under California Health & Safety Code 11352, it is a crime to transport, import, furnish, administer, or give away a drug or offer to do any of the above if the underlying intent is to sell a controlled substance.

This law punishes people involved in moving drugs from place to place by foot or vehicle, importing drugs from another state or country, selling drugs, supplying drugs that will be sold, administering drugs to someone, or giving away samples of a drug. Even small-scale actions, such as giving a friend a few of your prescription pills to sell, may lead to felony prosecution.

Penalties for Selling or Transporting Drugs  

Selling or transporting drugs in California can be punished by 3 to 9 years. Your sentencing will be more severe if you travel to a county not next to where you started your journey.

Defending a Drug Sales or Transportation Charge  

To convict you of selling or transporting drugs, a prosecutor must prove not just that you transported or sold the drug but that you knew it was a controlled substance, you intended to sell it, and there was enough of it to be used as a drug.

As a result, common defenses include:

  • You did not know the substance was an illegal drug.
  • You did not know the substance was in your possession.
  • You were not carrying enough of the substance to be used as a drug.
  • You had a valid prescription for the drug.
  • Evidence was obtained against you in an illegal search and seizure.

Drug Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact KAREEM A. RAMADAN, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

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If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime, you must act quickly to protect your rights by retaining an experienced drug defense attorney. You must immediately begin to plan your defense and discuss your legal options with a qualified attorney. Drug crime defense lawyer KAREEM A. RAMADAN has successfully protected a number of individuals accused of drug crimes from unwarranted prosecution and severe criminal punishments.

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Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are caught with illegal drugs, you are more likely to be charged with illegal drug possession with the intent to sell, which is a felony. If police seize large quantities of drugs, you may face drug trafficking charges, which result in felony charges and severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences.

At Kareem Law APC, we understand that the only way to truly understand your case is to take the time to listen to your story. Many criminal attorneys lack the passion for patiently listening to your story and missing important details that can differentiate between a criminal conviction and earning a dismissal! As a client-focused San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles County criminal defense firm, we believe in investigating every detail of your story to determine what led to your arrest and how to create a personalized defense for your case. Whether it’s a common case of PC 647(f) public intoxication or a complex case such as PC 245(a)(1) assault with a deadly weapon, we approach each case with the same attitude of paying attention to the legal, factual and mitigating issues of your story. At Kareem Law APC, we have years of specialized training from Judges, Police Captains, and former prosecutors. We can find errors and false statements in the evidence that have led to countless dismissals and acquittals at trial.

Any person possessing or offering for sale 14.25 grams or more of a substance containing heroin can also be convicted of a drug felony violation.

Make Sure You Hire a Reliable Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.



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Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
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