Possession of Methamphetamine
Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Methamphetamine, or meth, is federally classified as a Schedule II substance
under the Controlled Substances Act and is illegal to possess under both
federal and California state law. Under Health & Safety Code sections
11377, 11378, and 11379, it is illegal to possess methamphetamine, possess
methamphetamine with intent to sell, and transport/sell/administer methamphetamines.
Individuals found in possession of methamphetamine can be charged with
a misdemeanor crime.
In order to be found guilty of this crime, a prosecutor must prove the
- The defendant exercised control over a controlled substance
- The defendant knew about the drug’s presence
- The defendant knew that the substance was a controlled substance
- The controlled substance was methamphetamine (in a usable amount)
A conviction of misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine is punishable
by up to one year in county jail and/or probation and a fine of up to
$1,000. Possession with intent to sell comes with much stiffer penalties,
including up to three years in prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, and
mandatory drug offender registration, among other consequences. However,
these punishments may vary based on the circumstances of your case, your
criminal history, and other factors. A good Orange County criminal defense
lawyer may be able to mitigate the consequences of a meth-related charge.
Call for a Free Case Review
The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. aggressively represents those
who have been accused of drug crimes in Orange County. If you are facing
charges for a drug crime involving methamphetamine, we urge you to contact
our firm as soon as possible to schedule a case review. We are prepared
to carefully review your case, inform you of your legal options, and discuss
potential defenses that may apply to your case. We have represented clients
in all Orange County courthouses for nearly three decades.
With your future at stake, you should give yourself the best chance possible
of beating your charges by hiring a reputable attorney to handle your
case. When you retain our firm, you will benefit from the representation
of seasoned criminal defense lawyers who will guide you through your case
from start to finish. With a history of favorable results and numerous
glowing client reviews, you can feel confident entrusting your case in
our capable hands.
Tell us about your case. Fill out an
online contact form to get started.