Meth possession can mean many things in California. Depending on the amount and type of drug seized, for instance, you could be facing minimal penalties, or you could be facing up to several years in prison. Understanding these distinctions, and how to defend your case, is what a Los Angeles meth crime attorney does best. This is why you want to speak with an experienced defense lawyer before proceeding – often a smart defense can help you find a light at the end of tunnel.
What are the different levels of meth possession? Let’s start with the most basic: simple possession. This felony charge is reserved for small amounts of methamphetamine, a Schedule II narcotic. Unlike greater charges that may involve sales or trafficking, possession only comes with limited sentencing options, including imprisonment for not more than one year in a county jail or state prison. Practically speaking, you are unlikely to serve that time, especially if this is your first drug offense. An additional fine may be levied as well, but this is typically small too – less than $100. Needless to say, simple possession is the most lenient charge you can reduce to.
Things get quite a bit more serious when you bump up to possession for sale. Although the amount matters greatly here, there is another element required as well: the police, and the prosecutors, must prove your intent to sell the drugs. This can be a tricky thing to prove, of course, which is why effective defense lawyers may be able to get your charge reduced or dismissed. If you lose a case on possession for sale, however, you could be facing up to three years in state prison, so it is important to mount a strong defense from the outset.
The Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf have been defending clients charged with meth possession in California for more than three decades, and today this firm’s reputation is one of the best in the Southland. No matter what circumstances led to your arrest or how dire things seem, we can help you recover some measure of control over the case, and your life. Contact the attorneys at The Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf today for a free consultation and some of the best advice on this area of the law.
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