Possession of Methamphetamine

California Health and Safety Code HS 11377

Possession of Methamphetamine in Los Angeles

Possession of methamphetamine is a criminal offense outlined in § 11377 of the California Health and Safety Code. Under HS 11377, it is illegal to possess methamphetamine without a valid prescription. HS 11377 also prohibits the possession of other various controlled substances. Methamphetamine, however, is by far the most common and the most frequently prosecuted drug under this section of California law. A few of the other controlled substances listed under HS 11377 include:

  • Certain anabolic steroids
  • Ketamine
  • PCP
  • GHB

As a felony drug crime, possession of methamphetamine is punishable by up to one year imprisonment. Fines, court fees, community service, and probation may also be additional consequences of a conviction. Simply being arrested for HS 11377, however, does not mean that you will automatically be convicted. In order to gain convictions, prosecutors must prove several legal elements, including:

  • You knowingly possessed methamphetamine (or another controlled substance)
  • You knew of the nature of methamphetamine
  • You were in possession of a usable amount of methamphetamine

Defense & Drug Diversion

Depending on the facts of your case, our Los Angeles drug crime attorneys can help create a customized defense strategy to obtain the most favorable resolution. In some cases, fighting charges and taking cases to trial may be the best option. In others, it might not. Today, California has adopted a more lenient drug crime policy, meaning that certain accused individuals may be eligible for drug diversion programs.

Diversion is a type of alternative sentencing that may allow you to preserve your freedom and your criminal record while getting counseling or substance abuse treatment. You may qualify if you have been convicted of simple possession charges of methamphetamine, or other certain controlled substances, and if you meet other requirements. Many first-time, non-violent drug offenders charged with possession are eligible for drug diversion. Our legal team can help you explore drug diversion alternative sentencing options after reviewing your case.

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