If you are caught with drugs on your person then you could be facing serious consequences. The actual punishment you will face will vary based on the type of drugs, the quantity of drugs, and your arrest record, amongst other factors. Read on to get more information on potential punishments for drug possession in California. If you have questions or otherwise need a consultation with an attorney, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055.
Jail Time is a Possibility
One possibility after a drug conviction is jail. The sentence will vary based on the crime and the specific drugs involved, as well as the accused’s criminal background. Generally speaking, jail sentences can run from a few days to decades.
Court Fines Can Be Significant
Another potential punishment for a drug possession conviction is court fines. These fines can be as little as $100 or they can range up to $100,000. As is true of other punishments, the amount of the fine should theoretically vary based on how “serious” the crime is.
Drug Counseling and / or Rehabilitation May Be a Requirement
The courts have the right to sentence anyone charged with drug possession to drug treatment or a rehab program instead of jail time. If the alleged offender is released on probation, drug counseling and / or rehab is often a condition.
A Diversion Program May Be the Best Option
Diversion programs are similar to probation in that they are often what a first-time offender can expect when facing drug possession charges. A diversion program offers the offender the option of enrolling in a program for behavior modification or to go to counseling. Said offender must comply with all conditions for as long as the court orders – which is usually at least six months. Once they have successfully completed the program, the charges will be dropped.
You May Be Released on Probation
In many cases, probation is issued along with other penalties. For example, a person may be sentenced with probation, a fine, and a short period of imprisonment. They could be put on probation while they are in a rehab center. Probation requires that the accused check in with a probation officer on a pre-set schedule and that they follow all set conditions, such as passing drug tests. If they do not meet any of the conditions of probation then they are likely to be sent to prison.
Work with an Attorney to Get the Best Possible Outcome
No one wants to spend more time or money in jail than possible. No one wants to face punishments that can be avoided. If you have been accused of probation and want the best possible outcome for you case, contact a criminal defense attorney who has the experience to provide you with the best possible defense. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now to request a free legal consultation.