Law on Possessing Methamphetamines
Methamphetamine, which is also commonly referred to as crystal meth, is a controlled substance and there are specific criminal laws regarding the use, possession, and manufacturing of the drug. This article will take a cursory look at the charge on possessing methamphetamines and the legal consequences if found guilty. If you have been arrested for possessing crystal meth, it is highly encouraged to have the legal guidance of an experienced criminal attorney.
The Elements of the Law on Possessing Methamphetamines
According to California Health and Safety Code 11377(a), it is illegal to possess crystal meth in the state. Methamphetamines can come in a variety of forms, including crystals (hence the often-used colloquial term), pills, and other methods for injection. In order for the prosecutor to prove that the defendant is guilty of having possessed methamphetamines, they must show that the defendant possessed the drug, was aware that they possessed it, knew that it was a controlled substance, and possessed an amount sufficient for personal use. If the prosecutor presents the aforementioned elements beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant faces a conviction.
What Happens After You’ve Been Convicted?
As mentioned above, if the prosecutor meets their burden of proof and the defendant is convicted, the defendant faces a misdemeanor offense. In most cases, the defendant must spend up to a year in a county jail and pay a fine. However, in some situations, meth possession can occur following previous convictions or concurrently with another crime – in these cases, the defendant can face increased penalties and additional charges.