Drug Possession | San Diego Law Blog
There are a lot of effective ways to protect society and prevent crime without sending people to jail. When someone has a substance abuse problem, they need help, not punishment. That’s why the state of California offers alternative sentencing options that provide sensible solutions to benefit everyone.
Being accused of a college drug offense can significantly impact your future. Most colleges have strict rules regarding illegal drugs, whether they are controlled substances, steroids, or illegally obtained prescription drugs. The rules cover the possession, distribution, and manufacture of illicit drugs.
Deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) is a program where the defendant pleads guilty, but the charges will be dismissed if they fulfill a probationary agreement that includes a treatment program and other conditions.
If the defendant fails to complete the terms of the agreement, the charges will be reinstated. At this point, the defendant will not be able to challenge the charges, and the judge is allowed to apply the maximum sentence for the offense that was charged.
Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid analgesic, like morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more powerful. It is a schedule II prescription drug and is typically used to treat patients with severe chronic pain or to help manage pain after an accident or surgery. Fentanyl can be administered via injection, patch, or tablet. It is also sometimes used illicitly as a recreational drug. Fentanyl can be extremely dangerous; even a small dose can cause respiratory depression and death.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent, as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is a prescription medication, used to treat patients with severe pain, particularly after surgery, or patients with chronic pain who cannot tolerate other opioids. As a prescription medication, fentanyl is sold under names such as Durgesic, Actiq, and Sublimaze.
Many people use FDA-approved drugs to help them manage a myriad of health problems. These medications are usually given to you in conjunction with your doctor, who will issue a prescription. However, what happens if you possess these drugs without a prescription?
You should know that in the state of California, it is a crime to possess drugs without a prescription under the Business & Professions Code 4060 BP. This is because prescription drugs are controlled substances, meaning that possession and use of them without a valid prescription is illegal.
What does California consider driving under the influence of drugs?
Driving under the influence of drugs is a charge laid by the police against people driving while affected by any drug, apart from alcohol. Drugs can include illegal substances like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, or they could be purchased legally or prescribed to you.
Proposition 64, the Adult Use Marijuana Act, permits the private use, sale, and cultivation of marijuana for people over the age of 21. There are still a number of restrictions regarding where it can be used, how it can be purchased, and the amount of marijuana that you are allowed to legally possess or cultivate.
Fentanyl is classified as a controlled substance in California. You might be prosecuted for simple possession or possession with the intent to sell, depending on the amount of the substance in your possession.
Keep reading to learn about the charges and ramifications if you have obtained fentanyl without a prescription or have committed prescription fraud.
Despite its widespread use as a prescription medication for a variety of mental health conditions, Adderall is considered a Schedule II drug in the state of California. Possessing or using Adderall without a prescription can lead to serious drug charges for adults, and there are still significant consequences for minors. As this drug is prescribed for young adults with ADHD and can be abused as a study aid, it is not uncommon for juvenile offenders to illegally buy or sell the drug for quick cash to fellow students. Any of these actions can drastically impact their future.
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