In Los Angeles, a person can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor drug crime, depending on several factors. These factors include whether the drugs were for personal use, the amount of drugs, and defendant’s prior criminal record.
According to Health and Safety Code 11550, a person can be charged with being under the influence of drugs. It is a misdemeanor offense when an individual doesn’t have a valid, written prescription for the drug or if the drug is illegal such as flakka.
The state’s Health and Safety Codes 11350 and 11377 make possession of a controlled substance illegal without a valid, written prescription. DUI and being under the influence of a controlled substance are also charges under these laws.
A felony conviction is sentence of three years in prison.
Yes. The state makes a huge distinction between the two drug charges. The Health and Safety Codes 11351, 11351, and 11378 makes it illegal to possess drugs to sale. A defendant can face a sentence of up to five years for intent to sale. It is also harsher than a possession for personal use drug charge.
A possession to sale conviction is a priorable offense which increases a future drug sales conviction to three years more years in prison.
A person in Los Angeles can be charged with drug trafficking if they:
All drug trafficking penalties include five years in prison.
It is seven years in prison. Manufacturing drugs includes converting, making, preparing, or producing using chemical synthesis or chemical extraction.
Yes, you absolutely should talk with a criminal defense attorney about any drug charges you face in Los Angeles.
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