The Penalty for Possession of Illegal Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are controlled substances. They are illegal to possess without a valid prescription. It is also illegal to manufacture, sell or even transport these drugs under the United States Controlled Substances Act. You can face serious criminal penalties in Orange County for possessing drugs such as Codein, Vicodin, Soma, Xanax, Adderall, Ambien and OxyContin. In fact, simply possessing one of these controlled drugs without a prescription can result in penalties similar to possessing cocaine or heroin.

Simple possession of a controlled prescription drug is typically charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, those penalties can increase dramatically if you have a previous conviction on your record for a felony. In such cases, the penalties may increase to 16 months, two years or even three years in prison.

Drug laws in California have changed in recent years. There are now more opportunities for individuals to avoid jail time for drug possession. For example, there are drug diversion programs for individuals charged with committing a non-violent drug possession offense. Under these programs, people can serve their sentences in drug treatment programs in lieu of jail or prison. Once they have successfully completed their assigned program, their charges will be dismissed.

Drug diversion programs are not offered to everyone facing drug charges in Orange County. There are limitations, and many individuals find it in their best interest to fight the charges instead of taking part in a diversion program.

If you have been arrested for prescription drug possession anywhere in Orange County, do not hesitate to seek legal help. If you act promptly, you may be able to avoid jail time or even fight the charges to keep your record clean. Contact an experienced Orange County drug crime defense lawyer who can help protect your rights.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of David A. Stein are available for a no-cost consultation about any drug charge or criminal matter.  David Stein is skilled criminal defense attorney with a track record of obtaining very successful outcomes for his clients. If you have been accused of a crime or need help with any criminal matter, contact our law offices today at (949) 445-0040 or email us confidentially here for a consultation.