Fairfield Drug Crime Lawyer

What Is Considered a Controlled Substance in California?

California law categorizes controlled substances into 5 schedules based on the dangerousness of the drug:

  • Schedule I – opiates, heroin, hallucinogens
  • Schedule II – raw opium, morphine, oxycodone
  • Schedule III – pentobarbital, anabolic steroids
  • Schedule IV – diazepam, zolpidem
  • Schedule V – low doses of codeine combined with nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients

Let a certified Criminal Law Specialist take the reins of your California drug defense. While California does have fairly lenient drug laws, certain drug offenses may still face harsh penalties of jail time and asset forfeiture. Attorney Tim A. Pori has obtained not guilty verdicts for many California drug offenses before, and he has a strong reputation among the local judges and his fellow peers. No matter how complex or lengthy your case, Our Fairfield drug crime lawyer is ready to fight for your defense, and he is even prepared to consult his vast network of crime experts like drug sales experts and defense DNA labs.

Facing charges for a drug crime? Call (707) 289-9837 or contact our firm online to fight for your freedom!


Legal Recreational Marijuana Use

Note that recreational use of marijuana is legal in California, and adults 21 years or older may possess up to 1 ounce of dried marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis, as well as grow up to 6 plants for personal use. Exceeding these limits is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and up to $500 in fines. An individual under 21 years old who possess marijuana can be charged with an infraction punishable by a fine or drug counseling and community service. The infraction can rise to the misdemeanor level if the possession occurred on or near a school.

Additionally, smoking marijuana is not permitted in or near certain areas, such as public places and locations where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Possession of any amount in an open container or package in a vehicle is also an infraction, and it remains illegal to sell marijuana in the state or possess it with intent to sell it without a valid state and local license.

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  • CA Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • CA Public Defender's Association
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  • State Bar of California Certified Specialist- Criminal Law
  • American Bar Association

What Is the Penalty for Drug Possession in California?

Under Cal. Health & Safety Code § 11350, possession of any amount of the following is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail:

  • Schedule I opiates, opium derivatives, depressants, cocaine base, mescaline, peyote, or synthetic cannabis
  • Schedule II narcotics or opiates
  • Schedule III hallucinogens
  • Schedule III, IV, or V narcotics without a valid prescription

Note that sex offenders or those with convictions for specified serious or violent crimes (murder, gun crimes) may not quality for misdemeanor treatment and will face possible felony penalties, depending on the drug and amount in question.

Penalties for Cultivation and Manufacturing

Manufacturing a controlled substance will likely be punished as a felony that carries up to $50,000 in fines and imprisonment for a term of 3, 5, or 7 years in state prison. Possession of chemicals or compounds used to manufacture specified drugs, including PCP or methamphetamine, may result in a sentence of 2, 4, or 6 years in state prison. 

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Fairfield, CA, contact the Law Office of Tim A. Pori for experienced legal support. Attorney Tim A. Pori has obtained several not guilty verdicts for drug-related crimes in California before, including for a Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Cultivation of Marijuana trial in Contra Costa County, and he has hung a jury in another Contra Costa case with a client who had an expired medical marijuana recommendation, 20 pounds of dried marijuana buds, and 73 marijuana plants, $60,000 of which was returned by the court after a successful asset forfeiture hearing involving a bullet-proof vest, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines for an assault rifle.

Let a seasoned drug crime attorney fight for you. Call (707) 289-9837 or contact the Law Office of Tim A. Pori online for a free consultation today!


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  • Tim is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of CA
  • Over 23 Years of Legal Experience

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