Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia can be a felony, misdemeanor, or an infraction depending on the amount and type of drugs you may possess. Possessing large amounts of drugs, or cultivating or selling drugs, is more likely to be a felony with serious penalties attached. Minor drug possession charges, including charges for possession of steroids or some prescription drugs, are punishable by jail time and fines, as well as suspension of your driver’s license. Starting this year, a simple possession of not more than one ounce, or 28.5 grams, of marijuana is punishable by a fine up to $100.
In California, nonviolent drug offenders may have alternatives to jail time and being left with a criminal record. Drug diversion programs, such as Prop 36 or PC 1000, allow those individuals accused of less serious drug offenses to be considered for what is called alternative disposition in their cases. If the court approves an alterative disposition for drug programs, such individuals receive medical treatment instead of jail time. They must appear in person or through their lawyers at regular time intervals before the court to show their progress in the drug program. Once the program is successfully completed, the court dismisses the charges as if the person has never been convicted of a drug offense.
If you have been accused of drug related crimes, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to vigorously represent you. At Wallin & Klarich, we have helped people accused of this crime for over 30 years. Call us today at (888) 764-2615 or visit us at our website at www.wklaw.com/areas-drugs. We will be there when you call.
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