What types of drug charges could I face in California?

The California Health & Safety Code defines many different types of drug crimes including:

  • Possession—having any type of narcotic such as cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, meth, marijuana, opium—or any prescription drug that you do not have a prescription for—on your person or within your control
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia—having items such as an opium pipe, bong, needle, or cocaine spoon
    Possession for Sale—having sufficient quantity of an illegal drug and/or drugs packaged in such a way that indicates intent to sell
  • Sale or Transportation—actually selling drugs or bringing drugs into California in any way
    Manufacturing—creating drugs such as meth, PCP, or hashish
  • Use—being under the influence of any illegal drug or a legal drug for which you do not have a prescription
  • DUI of Drugs—driving while impaired by the use of any illegal or legally prescribed drug



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