The city of Ventura and all of the surrounding communities have harsh penalties for drug related crimes. If you are arrested or charged with any drug related crime, it is important to speak to a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are important things for you to know including:
1. What Constitutes a Controlled Substance?
In the state of California, there are laws such as the California Health and Safety Code Section 11350, that prohibit an individual from having a controlled substance (U.S. Controlled Substances Act) without a valid prescription. Such controlled substances range from drugs such as cocaine and heroin to prescription drugs such as OxyContin. Other sections of the Health and Safety Code, such as 11377, prohibit an individual from having methamphetamines.
2. What are the Penalties?
The possession of a controlled substance is usually charged as a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in the county jail as well as a fine up to $1,000. In some circumstances, however, you can be charged with a felony.
3. Do Not Talk
When it comes to the possession of drugs, it is best to speak only to your attorney. Even something as simple as a social media post that mentions your possession of medications without a prescription can be used against you and lead to additional charges. Until you meet with your attorney and build your best defense, it is best not to discuss your situation with anyone.
4. California Drug Diversion Court
One option for you to discuss with your attorney is the possibility of participating in drug diversion court. In the state of California, drug diversion court provides an alternative to the more traditional justice system, focusing on residents who can benefit from drug rehabilitation rather than incarceration. In many instances, the successful completion of the program results in the dismissal of criminal charges.
5. When Should You Call an Attorney?
If you are arrested or charged with possession of a controlled substance, regardless of which type, it is critical to call an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Only a skilled drug possession attorney can explain the different penalties that may apply to your case or to decide if California Drug Diversion may be an appropriate option for you.
Contact an Experienced Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney
The sentencing and punishment for possession of drugs in California can be severe depending upon the specifics of your case. If you or someone you know is arrested, call the team of experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Kann California Defense Group for a free consultation. Call our toll-free number 888-744-7730 today.
 California Health and Safety Code Section 11350-11356.5
 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Controlled Substance Act
 California Health and Safety Code Section 11377-11382.5