California Drug Crimes Related to Methamphetamine Attorney
Are you facing a methamphetamine charge in California? Get in touch with a California drug crimes attorney who will work hard on your case.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system, and it is a white and odorless substance. It gives users a sense of euphoria and decreases their appetite. It is also known as meth, crystal meth, or crank, and the state of California considers it a Schedule II drug – the second most dangerous category of drugs.
If you have been charged with a methamphetamine crime, you could be sentenced to time behind bars and other life-altering penalties. That’s why it’s critical to learn about your charges, and then get in touch with a California drug crimes attorney who will fight hard for you, no matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case.
What Are Drug Crimes Related to Methamphetamine?
It is illegal to possess, use, sell, transport, or manufacture meth. There are different penalties for crimes related to meth depending on what you were allegedly doing with the drug.
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Proving You Committed a Methamphetamine Crime
The prosecutor is going to attempt to prove that you are guilty of a crime involving meth. They will use evidence like drugs and/or paraphernalia the police collected, photographs, footage, or witness statements that could prove their case. Keep in mind that the police and prosecution can also come after you if you were found with the materials to create the meth as well.
Penalties for a Methamphetamine Crime
Being under the influence of meth could be charged as a misdemeanor, which means you may be sentenced to up to one year in county jail as well as up to $1,000 in fines. Possession of meth, which means you’re holding it or you have access to it, could also result in a misdemeanor conviction with the same penalties. California has drug diversion programs, so you may be able to avoid jail time if you go to a drug abuse treatment program.
Driving under the influence of meth could result in up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $390, as well as restrictions on a driver’s license and a mandatory drug education course.
If someone is charged with the intent to sell meth, then they could be sentenced to 16 months or two or three years in county jail and have to pay a fine of up to $10,000. If you actually do sell the meth, you could receive a felony conviction consisting of two, three, or four years in jail, along with up to $10,000 in fines.
Manufacturing meth could lead to a three, five, or seven-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $50,000. Trafficking meth is a felony, and you could receive a sentence of two, three, or four years in jail, and up to $10,000 in fines.
You could be sentenced to up to three additional years in prison if you have prior offenses on your record, including sex crimes against a child who was under 14 years of age, sexual violence, murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and any sex crime where you were required to register as a sex offender.
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Defending Yourself Against a Methamphetamine Criminal Charge
Defenses for meth crimes include saying you did not intend to sell it or that you were coerced into selling or transporting it by an undercover police officer, which is called entrapment. Perhaps you didn’t have any meth on you, or you were unaware that there was meth in your possession.
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If you are being charged with a methamphetamine-related crime, then it’s time to reach out to a California drug crimes attorney who will defend you and work hard on your behalf. That’s CBS Law.
Want to learn more about what CBS Law can do for you? Then contact us for your free 60-minute consultation by calling (213) 600-0972 or getting in touch on our website. CBS Law is here for you 24/7, and we’ll work hard on your case to ensure justice is served. We are looking forward to helping you with your meth charge in California.
Do NOT speak to law enforcement or investigators about your meth charge, as that information can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Christopher J. Bou Saeed Founding Attorney of CBS Law