Drug Possession & Sales FAQs in Los Angeles

Are the penalties for all illegal drugs the same?

No. Penalties for drug crimes vary depending upon the drugs involved. Illegal substances are broken down into different classifications, which determine how they are handled by the law. Crimes involving heroin and cocaine, for example, receive different penalties than those involving marijuana. Additionally, the type and amount of the drug can / will influence potential penalties. Manufacturing or distributing a drug, for instance, can lead to heavier penalties than simply possessing it. If law enforcement suspects – and is able to prove – that you intended to sell the drug, you could face more serious penalties than if you were found to simply have it in your possession.

Can I be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia for legal household items?

Yes. Certain everyday household items can be used as drug paraphernalia, so you can be charged with possession. However, the prosecution will have to prove that the items in question were used for illegal drug consumption.

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