California Methamphetamine Charges

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California Methamphetamine Charges

California drug charges for methamphetamines are extremely strict. So if you’re caught using, possessing, selling or manufacturing meth you face harsh repercussions according to the California drug laws. Fortunately, it’s possible to aggressively fight a California meth charge. Skilled California defense attorneys from The Kavinoky Law Firm are ready to review your case and begin developing a strong defense strategy to fight your California drug charge.

Methamphetamine is a schedule II drug under California Health & Safety Code section 11055 (d) (2)). Some offenses can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. California drug laws have a complex sentencing structure when it comes to felonies that allows for a lower term, a middle term and an upper term. The sentence is determined by the facts of the case and aggravating and mitigating factors — issues that would prompt the court to treat you more harshly or more leniently.

One or more of the following meth charges can be brought in a California methamphetamine case:

Section number Charge Sentence (in months or years) 11377 Possession of methamphetamine Misdemeanor or 16-2-3 11378 Possession for sale 16-2-3 11379 Sale (transport, import, furnish, administer, give away or offers) 2-3-4 11379.6 Manufacturing 3-5-7 plus $50,000 11382 Agrees to sell then sells another substance in lieu Misdemeanor or 16-2-3 of 11383 a,c Possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture 2-4-6 11366.8a Possess or use false compartment in vehicle to store or transport Misdemeanor or 16-2-3 11366.8b Design or construct false compartment in vehicle to store or transport 16-2-3 11401 Analog of methamphetamine (controlled substance) (i.e. substantially similar chemical structure or effect) PC 182 a1 Conspiracy to do any of the above (substantive charge) 11532 Loitering in a public place with intent to commit a narcotics offense Misdemeanor PC 1170.74 Meth in crystalline form is an aggravating sentencing factor

In addition to the methamphetamine charges listed above, there are a number of sentencing enhancements that can be added in a California methamphetamine case that can greatly increase the potential punishment. The possible sentencing enhancements in a California meth case include weight enhancements, prior convictions, firearms, certain locations and minors. This is where the defense attorneys from the Kavinoky Law Firm can help fight your meth charge.