Type of Crime:
Crimes involving Controlled Substances
California law makes a distinction between the simple possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale or simply selling drugs. The penalties will differ depending on the particular crime charged and the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved. Simple possession is defined as the knowing and unlawful possession of a usable amount of a controlled substance. If found guilty of the crime of simple possession an individual may face up to 3 years in state prison. The crime of possession for sale is defined as the knowing and unlawful possession of a usable amount of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. An individual may also be charged with committing the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. A person who unlawfully possesses a device or object that s/he knows can be used for injecting or smoking a controlled substance will be found guilty of the crime of possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. If convicted of this crime, an individual may face a sentence of up to 6 months in county jail. However, an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will know how to have the charges against you lowered and/or completed dismissed. If you have been charged with any of the above crimes, it is imperative that you contact Kenner & Greenfield immediately.