LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Randy Collins | Oct 9, 2012

California Possession of Methamphetamine

What’s Defined as California Possession of Methamphetamine?

Possession of Methamphetamine is just that – being caught with the substance. But the definition goes further:

It would mean that the offender knew that they had it in their possession, and that they were aware of the illegal nature of the drug. The prosecution will have to prove these points.

California’s Penalties for Possession of Methamphetamine under Health and Safety Code 11377

This is a serious crime, as it’s normally filed as a misdemeanor or felony, which warrants either:

· For misdemeanor charges for possession of methamphetamine, the penalties include up to one year in jail, and up to one thousand in fines.

· For felony charges for possession of methamphetamine, the penalties include up to sixteen months, two or three years in prison, and up to ten thousand in fines.

Legal Defenses for Possession of Methamphetamine

Top defenses for possession of methamphetamine include:

· That the offender was entrapped, which basically means they were forced to buy the drug from what was deemed as a sting operation.

· The offender had a valid prescription for using the methamphetamine. This ties in with the elements of the crime, where the offender should have sufficient quantities for it to be abused.

· That the offender was holding the meth for someone else, or were unaware that it was in his/her possession.

Whatever the case may be for being caught with Methamphetamine, a good lawyer is able to present arguments that could either dismiss the charges, reduce the fines, or secure alternative sentencing outside of jail for the offender of this crime.

MacGregor and Collins is based in Orange County, California, and has effectively defended several types of drug trafficking cases. If you’ve been arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine or a closely related crime, Call (949) 250-6097 to speak to a California defense lawyer now. We’ve set up several locations throughout Orange County for your convenience.

See a comprehensive library of California Section Penal Codes here.

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