SCV Bail Bonds Explains: Drug Charges 

If you or someone you care about was arrested on a drug charge, please call SCV Bail Bonds right away. We’re experts on posting professional bail bonds for any drug charges and can help you get your loved one out of jail and home to you.

For immediate drug charge bail bonds information, call SCV Bail Bonds anywhere in California, at toll-free, 877-422-4591.

Drug charges are often involved, serious offenses, which can result in some jail time.  If an arrestee is caught with drugs, he/she may be charged with intent to distribute in addition to possession.

But sometimes, people can be arrested without proper search warrants and without evidence that the drugs in question belong to them. Occasionally officers can misinterpret California laws regarding the appropriate ways to search and seize.

Whatever your situation, we are not here to judge. We only want to help you in your time of need by bailing out the accused, so they can prepare for their day in court.

You will probably need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding your drug case. However, before that can happen your loved one should be bailed out of jail. This will allow them time to hire an attorney, take time off of work or school and make family preparations. It also allows them to show up for court appropriately dressed in a suit and tie, or skirt and jacket, versus a “bright orange” county jail jumpsuit. That is where we come in.

The fastest drug charge, booking, bail bond and jail location information is available to you. Call SCV Bail Bonds 24 hours a day, at toll-free, 877-422-4591.

Drug Penal Codes And Sentencing

At SCV Bail Bonds, we’ve dealt with all types of drug charges – everything from simple possession to intent to distribute.

Drug charges fall under a category known as HEALTH AND SAFETY in the California Penal Code.  The most common types of drug charges people get arrested for are:

Possession Charges

California Code 11550 HS

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance — This charge may start out as a misdemeanor and applies to people who have been arrested for using, or being under the influence of, illegal substances.

Drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and GHB are some examples, but this law also tags those who misuse prescription drugs like valium – if they don’t have a valid prescription.  Conviction can carry a minimum penalty / sentencing of 90 days in a county jail.

Intent to Distribute

California Code 11350 HS

Possession of a Controlled Substance — Which is a felony to possess narcotics like cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, and even un-prescribed medical drugs like Vicodin or Codeine.  Anyone convicted of this charge can face up to three years in prison.

California Code 11351 HS

Possession for Sale of Narcotics — Which is a felony to possess illegal drugs for the purpose of selling them.

California Code 11352 HS

Sale or Transportation of a Controlled Substance — Maintains it is a felony to sell, furnish, administer, give away, transport or import narcotics into California. Many HS 11352 charge cases are the result of a decoy officer engaging in a controlled buy.

California Code 11364

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia — This charge is generally a misdemeanor.  Basically, anyone who uses “an opium pipe or any device, contrivance, instrument, or paraphernalia for injecting or smoking a controlled substance” is in violation of this law.  Those convicted can receive up to six months in jail.

California Code 11377 HS

Possession of Methamphetamine — Anyone who possesses methamphetamine (meth, crystal meth or speed) is breaking the law.  Whether an arrestee is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends upon the amount of the drug involved and his/her past criminal history.

California Code 11379.6 HS

Manufacturing Drugs and Narcotics — Says it is a felony to manufacture, produce, and compound or process a controlled substance – provided the arrestee has actually begun the manufacturing process. (For example, running a meth lab).   Violators can be sentenced up to seven years in a state prison — and that’s not all.  The sentence will be harsher if large volumes are discovered, children are near the processing location, or somebody was injured or killed.

SCV Bail Bonds Explains: California Marijuana Laws

California Code 11357 HS

Possession of Marijuana Although Proposition 215 provides limited legal exceptions, like the use of medical marijuana, California marijuana law still maintains it is illegal to cultivate, sell, possess or use marijuana.

The penalties for possession of a small quantity usually just entail a fine, but charges for growing, sale or transportation of marijuana are serious felonies that can often carry a prison sentence.

Possession of greater than one of marijuana for a person’s personal use is a misdemeanor resultant in up to 6 months in jail and fines of $500 and probation if the defendant is found guilty of the charge.

California Code 11357 (c) HS

Possession of Hashish – If a person is caught with this concentrated derivative of marijuana they can be found guilty and face jail time. This can be either a felony or misdemeanor charge depending upon the circumstances.

California Code 11360 HS

Sale of Marijuana – If someone is caught “in the act of the sale of Marijuana” and charged, they may face serious penalties including up to 4 years in a state prison.

Drug DUI Information

California Vehicle Code 23152(a) 

Prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – even lawfully prescribed ones, if they impair a person’s ability.  For additional information on DUI charges and California Code 23152(a), please visit our page on DUI Bail Bonds

Drug Possession Verses Intent To Distribute

Possession of an illegal substance is as it implies – having that substance on your person and/or property.  Intent to distribute has a broader legal definition, but in California, police mainly rely on six factors to make this distinction:

1.    An Observed Drug Deal

Line police and undercover detectives can testify they saw drugs being exchanged, as opposed to being used by one individual.

2.    Large Amount Of Drugs

If law enforcement finds a large amount of drugs, chances are those drugs were meant to be sold.

3.    Packaged Drugs

Drugs inside even one plastic baggie may be enough to get an Intent to Distribute conviction – especially if there are multiple packages waiting to be sold.

4.    Drug Paraphernalia And Equipment

Electronic scales and other drug-measuring equipment is a good indicator the arrestee was preparing to sell drugs.

5.    Money Lying Around

The more money found lying around, the worse it looks for an arrestee.

6.    Customer Contact Info/Messages

Voicemails, pagers, customer lists and cell-phone numbers/text messages often provide compromising evidence of Intent to Distribute.

Alternatives to Jail Time for First Offenders

California Proposition 36

Some people that are charged with these types of drug/possession offenses for the first time can be offered what is called Proposition 36. This allows the accused to go to drug treatment for one year. An expert from the Department of Health will determine what the defendant’s level of treatment should be.

Another program which is offered is Drug Court, which is a one-year program with counseling and random drug testing.

Additionally, there is the Deferred Entry of Judgment program. This is a diversion program with 6 months of treatment while remaining arrest free for an additional 12 months. A criminal defense attorney can best provide you guidance with these programs and can work with you in gaining further information.

If you would like further drug charge bail bond information, we invite you to contact us directly. You can also visit our Bail FAQ’s page.

Remember:  If you or a loved one is accused of a Marijuana, Drug / Narcotics-related crime, please speak to one of our highly qualified, licensed and caring SCV Bail Bond Agents.  Call us anytime toll-free at 877-422-4591.