Written by attorney Randy Collins

California Health and Safety Code 11550 , Being Under The Influence of a Controlled Substance

What is Being Under The Influence of a Controlled Substance?

As the name implies, this is ingesting or inhaling a controlled substance, such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs or narcotics – and doing so without a valid prescription.

Despite the fact that many times these are handled as DUI cases, if you’re caught under the influence even while not driving – you will be arrested in the State of California.

Determining Factors of California Health and Safety Code 11550

Before any case can be brought to court, there are factors of the crime that will need to be verified. Being Under the influence is no different, and these factors include:

· That the accused had taken a controlled substance, and as a result was impaired

· The accused knew that what had been taken was illegal under California state laws

Penalties and Fines for California Health and Safety Code 11550

The fines and punishments for Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance if convicted, include:

· Misdemeanor: Jail: up to 1 yr | Probation up to 5 years | Drug counseling

It should be noted that felony or misdemeanor charges are determined by specific circumstances of the case, and the court will deliberate on these, before reaching a conclusion.

How to Hire a Law Firm forCalifornia Health and Safety Code 11550

Don’t risk a criminal record, time in jail, or even being found guilty. There are innocent explanations that a lawyer can help to prove, including not being aware that the substance was taken, or that you had abused an illegal substance. If you’ve been arrested for this, or any other drug crimes, Call MacGregor and Collins at 949-250-6097 today.

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