The Consequences You Could Face for Drug Crimes

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( — June 25, 2020) — California’s drug laws and drug penalties specify that, depending on the drug crime, there will be different penalties for different individuals based on whether they have any prior offenses, and on the circumstances of the crime. Also, there are some types of drugs that are considered worse than others, and even minor offenses like possessing paraphernalia carry their own penalties. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it’s extremely urgent for you to get legal help. A knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney can help you get the charges against you significantly reduced.

What consequences could you face for drug crimes?

Depending on the charges and on the specific crime, as well as on the type and amount of drug that was found in your possession, the penalties you might be facing may include:

  • Mandated attendance to drug addiction programs
  • Hours of community service
  • Jail or prison time
  • Fines

You may be facing drug charges because you were found with:

  • Possession of drugs
  • Possession and intent to distribute drugs
  • Trafficking drugs
  • Manufacturing drugs

What happens if you are caught with drugs?

If you have been using drugs, selling drugs, or spending a lot of time around people who do, sooner or later you may have to end up facing legal consequences. And you should know that a drug-related conviction will have a major impact on your future. If you are caught and you end up with a drug-related offense on your record, many things can radically change in your life, now and for a long time to come. Among these, besides a criminal record and the possibility of spending time in jail, among others, you may not:

  • Be able to get the job you want
  • Be able to join the military
  • Be able to keep your college loans

How severe will the charges be against you?

Charges will depend on the type of drug that was found in your possession. According to the classification of the federal government, controlled substances are grouped into five distinct categories. The most severe penalties are associated with the first group and decrease according to the group number where the drug is classified. The classification reflects the potential for abuse of each drug going from highest in the first group to lowest in the fifth one.

What follows is the government’s classification of drugs according to what group (or schedule) each one is placed in:

  • Schedule 1: Heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, and magic mushrooms
  • Schedule 2: Meth, cocaine, oxycodone, Adderall, Ritalin, and Vicodin
  • Schedule 3: Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone
  • Schedule 4: Xanax, Soma, Darvocet, Valium, and Ambien
  • Schedule 5: Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, and Parepectolin, and cough medicines such as Robitussin AC 

Are you facing charges for drug crimes in San Diego?

When you face charges for drug crimes in San Diego, the prosecutor will consider the type of drug involved, the quantity of drugs found on you, and whether you were using, distributing, or producing them. The prosecutor will make the determination to charge you with either a felony or a misdemeanor. In many cases, you will end up facing felony charges. That is why it is so important for you to hire an experienced, aggressive San Diego criminal attorney to represent you. More here.