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.
Contact a Los Angeles drug defense lawyer from the firm!
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!