iStock_000064154685_Large.jpgThe possession of methamphetamine is an issue that falls under California’s Health and Safety Code 11377. In accordance with California law, someone who unlawfully possesses methamphetamine, or another controlled substance, in California, could face criminal charges. A methamphetamine charge more specifically would result, under Health and Safety Code 11377, if someone is found in possession of methamphetamine, or another controlled substance, and it is believed he or she knew the nature of the substance and it was found in a usable amount. If someone is found with another controlled substance, including Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin and Ambien, he or she also could face a charge under Health and Safety Code 11377, if a valid prescription from a licensed medical professional does not exist.

Punishment for Possession of Methamphetamine

According to the California Health and Safety Code 11377, the sentencing and punishment for methamphetamine possession can be a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge, depending on the nature of the case. Someone convicted of a misdemeanor charge for the possession of methamphetamine typically is sentenced to up to one year in a county jail. The punishment also may include a fine of up to $1,000. Someone convicted of a charge for meth possession also could be put on probation and instructed to attend mandatory drug classes. Someone convicted of a felony charge for the possession of methamphetamine could face up to three years in prison and various fines and fees, as determined by the court.

Possible Defenses for Meth Charges

If facing meth charges in reference to California Health and Safety Code 11377, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. A California defense attorney will review the charges with his or her client and determine the best defense to present in court. There are several possession of methamphetamine defenses a California criminal defense lawyer can raise on behalf of his her client. For one, an attorney can contest that his or her client simply did not possess the methamphetamine in question. Perhaps, the defendant had a validified prescription for the substance. Maybe still, law enforcement officials did not abide by the proper procedures while seizing the methamphetamine or during the arrest process. It is important to provide a criminal defense attorney with the details of the possession of methamphetamine charge or charges, so an appropriate defense can be draw up. An aggressive criminal defense attorney will assist his or client in negotiating a possible charge reduction, or possibly, a dismissal of the possession of methamphetamine charge. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we are always ready to help. Our knowledge of Health and Safety Code 11377 could help insure freedom so schedule an appointment today. Call (619) 357-4977.