In California, Xanax possession is defined as having the prescription drug without a valid prescription. It also includes having a valid prescription, but possessing too much of the drug at once. Another type of prescription drug crime is possessing Xanax for sale. 

What is Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking is knowingly possessing, manufacturing, selling, purchasing or delivering a controlled substance. Without a valid prescription, Xanax is considered an illegal Schedule IV controlled substance. 

Does California Consider Xanax Possession for Sale the Same as Drug Trafficking Law?

No. According to California law, there are two crimes connected to the Xanax possession for sale. It’s illegal to possess Xanax for sale unless it is a businesses that is allowed to sell the drug. Such businesses are places like pharmacies and hospitals. The second crime involves possessing Xanax for economic benefit, and not just for personal use. 

What are Some Things that Can Be Used Against Me to Prove I Possessed Xanax to Sell?

To prove a defendant possessed Xanax to sell, a prosecutor can use the following as evidence: 

  • The defendant had a large amount of Xanax
  • The defendant had frequent visitors to the home or business
  • There was a large amount of money found on or around the Xanax
  • The Xanax was packaged for possible sale 

What Is The Punishment for Xanax Possession for Sale?

Possession of Xanax for Sale is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days (less than 1 year) in jail.

Are There Any Defenses I Can Use to Fight This Charge?

Yes. Some common defenses for prescription drug crimes include:

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Criminal Charge?

Yes. Contact a California lawyer about how to fight your criminal charge.