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Often, drug charges are a matter of unfortunate circumstances, where someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes a person might not have even known there were drugs at their property or placed within an object in their possession, such as a backpack or a car, but arresting officers will still charge you with a crime.
If you have been arrested because controlled substances have been found at your property or on your person, or if authorities accuse you of distributing or intending to distribute these substances, you will likely face harsh penalties. This is why it is so crucial to get in touch with our Santa Clarita drug possession attorney at Lias Law Firm as soon as possible.
What is Considered Drug Possession in California?
In the state of California, any person who has been found with a controlled substance on their property or on their person is liable to be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the individual circumstances. The only exception is if someone has clearly been authorized or given a valid form of permission, such as a medical prescription.
Unfortunately, these laws do not take into account background circumstances, such as cases where drugs or even paraphernalia like needles and syringes were found at your property, but belonged to someone else. This is why it is crucial to have a knowledgeable lawyer at your side who can demonstrate the true context of your case.
What are California’s Drug Schedules?
The severity of a penalty for drug possession depends not only on the amount of the drug found, but the type of drug. In the California drug schedule, there are five levels of drugs, with Schedule I being considered the most serious and the other levels decreasing by their risk of abuse.
The schedules of the five levels of drugs includes:
- Schedule I – Opiates, Heroin and LSD
- Schedule II – Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Ritalin
- Schedule III – Tylenol with Codeine and Vicodin
- Schedule IV – Xanax and Ambien
- Schedule V – Lyrica and Lomotil
Defense for Drug Possession Charges in Santa Clarita
Our firm is ready to scrutinize the supposed evidence possessed by the prosecution in your case. We will look for errors and holes in the way that both the police and prosecution have conducted their investigation.
Some of the methods we can pursue include proving that:
- Law enforcement seized drugs by making an illegal traffic stop
- Police officials violated or ignored their search warrant’s terms
- Law enforcement did not have a legal warrant in the first place
- Police officers neglected to remind you of your right for legal counsel, or omitted any instruction of your right to keep silent
- The drugs that were at the property or on your person did not belong to you