Heroin Charges in Los Angeles, CA
Were you arrested for possession of heroin?
Heroin is considered a Schedule I drug in the state of California. Heroin is a type of an opiate, and all opiates are listed by the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act as Schedule I. All controlled substances are labeled based upon their likelihood of abuse. Since heroin has been tested and proven to be a dangerous substance with a high likelihood of abuse, it is listed in the Schedule I category, which is the category containing the most dangerous drugs. Heroin is further classified into "grades" based upon the purity of the substance itself. Substances with higher concentrations of heroin may warrant greater penalties, since it does not take much to warrant an elevated charge.
Heroin is a drug that can warrant charges such as possession, manufacturing, trafficking, distribution and sale. All heroin penalties for various charges are listed in the California Controlled Substances Act. Take for example this one portion of the law:
According to the Controlled Substances Act,
Any person who is convicted of violating Section 11351 of the Health and Safety Code by possessing for sale 14.25 grams or more of a substance containing heroin. (2) Any person who is convicted of violating Section 11352 of the Health and Safety Code by selling or offering to sell 14.25 grams or more of a substance containing heroin. (3) Any person convicted of violating Section 11351 of the Health and Safety Code by possessing heroin for sale or convicted of violating Section 11352 of the Health and Safety Code by selling or offering to sell heroin, and who has one or more prior convictions for violating Section 11351 or Section 11352 of the Health and Safety Code.
In many instances, heroin that was being used recreationally will hold a better outcome for those that have been arrested for the drug crime. Crimes such as trafficking or intent to sell are more aggravated types of drug crimes that can be more difficult to defend, although not impossible. It is important to remember that even if you have been charged, you have not yet been found guilty.
A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you get your charges dismissed completely or reduced by way of a diversion program or similar alternative. § 11350 of California's Health and Safety Code also has much to say in regards to possession of Schedule I drugs such as heroin. Contact our firm to learn more about the legal implications of your arrest and to secure a strong defense.
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A Los Angeles drug crime attorney from Martinian & Associates can speak with you about your case and provide legal advising as to the steps that you can take toward your defense. With experience and skill on your side, you have a better chance of winning the fight for your freedom. If you are faced with a heroin-related conviction, then do not hesitate to contact our firm today!