Under California law, it is a crime to possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, LSD, heroin, methamphetamine “meth” or cocaine. State and federal possession laws also make it illegal to possess chemicals that can be used to manufacture these drugs. The severity of drug charges in California depends on the amount of drugs found and the defendant’s prior criminal record. If you have been charged with drug possession anywhere in Southern California, you need successful drug lawyers to represent you. Even a minor conviction may lead to lengthy prison time.
The amount of drugs that are found directly affects the severity of the charges. If a small amount of drugs are found, you may be facing a misdemeanor with probation. If the amount of drugs found is significant, you may be facing felony charges and time in state prison. If the amount of drugs that are found is considered more than one person would normally to use, then you may be charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute drugs.
Where the drugs are found and seized by police may directly affect the case against you. A California drug possession defense attorney will carefully examine the actions of the officers involved to make sure that your Constitutional Rights were not violated. If it is determined that your Constitutional Rights were violated, your drug case may be dismissed.