Under California law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, use, sell or distribute certain drugs and medicines without legal authorization or a physician’s valid prescription. California’s drug laws are regulated under the state’s Health and Safety Code.
Most drug crimes are violations of the California Health and Safety Code. They range from minor infractions to misdemeanors or felonies, which are punishable by fines and possible county jail time or imprisonment in the state prison. A conviction for a drug crimes can also result in forfeiture of property, in addition to negative consequences associated with employment, housing, government benefits, driving, education and immigration.
In California, police and prosecutors treat drug crimes very seriously. In light of the potential consequences, it is critical that individuals facing drug crime charges in seek experienced legal counsel to explore all possible defenses and determine if the police obtained their evidence lawfully.