Methamphetamine Possession for Sale and Sale
An arrest for possession for sale means that the arresting officers found reason to believe that the drugs were meant for distribution or sale to others. It is an automatic felony. The evidence that can lead to that conclusion may include an absence of drug paraphernalia, which suggests the drugs weren't for personal use. If the drugs are packaged for small, single sales, that can suggest an intent to sell. And of course, the amount of drugs found may lead to a charge of possession with intent to sell, or transporting drugs with intent to sell. If you sell methamphetamine to a narcotics officer you'll need all the help you can get — so the sooner you contact the Law Offices of Anna R. Yum the more chance you have to minimize the impact of your arrest.
While there is no defined amount of methamphetamine that is assumed to be for personal use, it often doesn't take much to lead to a possession for sale charge. In Arizona, for example, possession of any amount above nine grams is considered possession for sale. San Diego has long had a reputation as a gateway for Mexican methamphetamine which has caused criminal justice authorities to pursue methamphetamine arrests aggressively. That's why it is critical that you engage a methamphetamine defense attorney immediately, so that the evidence against you can be carefully managed.
The sentencing laws for this crime are severe with regard to the amount of drugs recovered in the arrest and subsequent investigation. The California Health and Safety Code states that possession of an ounce or more of methamphetamine requires a jail sentence. Conviction for possession of a kilogram of methamphetamine can add three years to that sentence. Once again, the management of evidence by a qualified defense attorney is imperative in order to minimize the facts before the court. Our law offices know how to prepare an energetic defense and exclude as much damaging evidence and testimony as possible. Sale of the drug also requires a minimum of 180 days in jail, although in some cases your attorney may be able to negotiate probation.
Methamphetamine Trafficking and Manufacturing
In San Diego's state courts, charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine can result in equally severe mandatory sentences. There are several things an experienced methamphetamine defense attorney can do to help reduce the impact of evidence against you, or even get evidence dismissed based on search and seizure violations. Conviction of manufacturing methamphetamine in California will draw a jail sentence of three to seven years and a $50,000 fine. Possession of manufacturing supplies and equipment can lead to a prison sentence of two to six years.