Crystal Meth

Legal Consequences of Crystal Meth

The use of methamphetamine or crystal meth has increased exponentially over the last two decades. Unlike most other controlled substances, this highly addictive drug is made exclusively with chemicals causing serious health and safety concerns for those who use and manufacture it.  This has led to the State of California along with the Federal Government to enact severe legal consequences for anyone that is convicted of the manufacturing, sale, or possession of this controlled substance.

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is a white powdery substance that is manufactured in homemade illegal laboratories. It is a combination of the stimulant amphetamine with chemicals such as anti-freeze, drain cleaner, or battery acid...

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What is the Difference Between Trafficking and Selling Drugs?

A drug possession charge in the state of California can quickly escalate to the more serious possession with intent to sell and even trafficking if you are found to be in possession of items such as scales and baggies that are associated with planning to distribute illegal substances. There are major differences in the charges and the penalties involved, making it necessary that those facing charges consult with a California criminal defense attorney with prior experience in this area to help sort it out.

Possession with Intent to Sell

Being charged with an intent to sell or selling controlled substances means that there is strong reason to believe that the defendant is in possession of drugs for the purpose of distributing them or was caught in the act of an actual sale...

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Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

If you are facing charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in California, then, a police officer has decided that you are in violation of California Health and Safety Code 11364 HS.  Simply put, this law makes it illegal for a person to have in his or her possession any pipe, device, contrivance, instrument, or paraphernalia that is intended for use to smoke, ingest, or inject a controlled substance.  It may also include possession of any equipment that is being used to grow, process store, or conceal illegal drugs.

Common Types of Drug Paraphernalia

Different types of illegal substances call for different methods of ingesting them into the body.  Law enforcement officials are trained to look for these objects as a sign of a person with a drug dependency problem...

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Juvenile Drug Crimes

Although the juvenile criminal justice system is supposed to rehabilitate teens, it often ends up teaching troubled kids more about becoming a career criminal. If your child has been charged with a drug crime, it is highly recommended to hire an experienced California juvenile defense attorney to defend your son or daughter and let you concentrate on getting your child back on track.

It is very common for a young teenager to make poor choices; however, when these poor choices turn into drug crimes, your child can face the unpleasant legal consequences that can negatively and tremendously affect his or her life.

What Drugs Are Commonly Used by Teens?

Thousands of juveniles try narcotics on a daily basis...

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Amount of Jail Time for Drug Crimes

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The state of California takes a firm stance when it comes to illegal drug related offenses.  Even while under scrutiny for its highly overpopulated prisons, California prosecutors and judges are eager to incarcerate those who have been found guilty of possessing or attempting to sell narcotics. The penalties for those who possess, sell, and manufacture various types of illegal drugs vary wildly. This is because the government has classified the majority of mind altering substances available and have created penalties accordingly. To understand what penalties you will face for your alleged drug crime, you will need an experienced legal mind to help clarify your situation. Until then, the following information may help you better understand your charge as well as possible options.

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California Drug Crime Hearings

Although many of those who are charged with possessing, selling, or manufacturing drugs are a danger to themselves and others, there are several defendants who are either not guilty or do not have a problem with narcotics other than the fact that they are illegal. The “War on Drugs” has resulted in countless individuals spending extended time in jail and prison. Whether or not your judge feels you need to spend time in jail or should give you a second chance through alternative sentencing largely depends upon the crime you have been accused of committing along with your criminal history.

If you are charged with a narcotic crime in California, you may go through the traditional criminal justice system or Drug Courts. There are distinct differences between the two...

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Maximum Fines for California Drug Crimes

Those who are found by the courts to have been selling, transporting, or manufacturing illegal drugs are regularly issued costly fines as part of the penalties imposed by their state. In California, drug crime convictions can result in huge fines, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in fines, in an attempt to keep offenders from repeating their crimes. Unfortunately, those who participate in these types of activities are usually addicted to the substances for which they are illegally handling, and the court systems have proven themselves to be counterproductive when trying to penalize addicts into submission.

These days, people are far more aware of the dangers associated with addiction, especially when it comes to certain substances...

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Will Manufacturing Hashish from Marijuana Result in Severe Penalties?

Laws pertaining to Marijuana have become more lenient over the years, but one particular form of THC is still being treated with extreme prejudice by California authorities: Hashish. Any defense lawyer will tell you that it doesn’t matter that possessing or even using weed is legal under certain circumstances, creating different drugs by altering the chemical composition of weed can put you in jail for a very long time.

What Is Hashish?

Hashish, also known as hash, is a form of cannabis made by compressing or purifying trichomes, a type of Marijuana resin gland. Depending upon the process by which a person is found to have manufactured hashish, the finished product can be solid or paste-like and will have a varying level of THC content.

What Are the Penalties for Making It?

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HS 11379.6 Narcotic and Drug Manufacturing

Unlike other health and safety codes, HS 11379.6 governs drug offenses in which defendants are accused of manufacturing, producing, compounding, or processing controlled substances. A meth lab is a common example of this violation, but you do not have to combine different chemicals or make a drug to be found guilty. Those who alter the chemical nature of a drug can be charged with this offense.

There aren’t a whole lot of drugs that people are commonly making at home, but over the years those who develop “drugs of choice” will sometimes begin modifying their narcotics to meet their personal tastes. This has led to some very dangerous concoctions.

Crack. There is not a huge difference between powder cocaine and crack cocaine. In fact, addicts can do the chemical alteration with relative ease.

Meth. Thanks to popular tv shows, the general public is well-aware of the purpose of a meth lab. Those who are found in possession of meth lab equipment or by product could be charged for manufacturing.

Hashish. A resin derived from marijuana, hashish can be created using special equipment. If someone is found in possession of that equipment, authorities may arrest them.

Sizzurp. A drink that has become increasingly popular is known as sizzurp, lean, or purple drank. The drink is a combination of soft drinks such as Mountain Dew or Sprite and prescription strength cough syrup. The combination has proven fatal on many occasions, but has been glamorized by past music industry icons as well as current ones. Rap icon Lil Wayne and pop star Justin Bieber have been accused of using “lean” on numerous occasions.

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Orange County Drug Crime Attorney Costs

Having defended countless alleged drug crimes in Orange County over the past several years, I have grown accustomed to hearing certain questions numerous times, but there is one that clients want to know more than anything else: “How much do you charge for legal services?”. Although this is rarely the most beneficial question to ask, it is still very important to those that I represent.

Although the public believes that those facing narcotic charges are bad people, it is often the opposite. Narcotic defendants are often good people that have fallen victim to addiction and are in desperate need of help. That’s where I come in, but I can’t do it for free...

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