California Heroin Laws

heroine laws in california

Heroin (also known as “H”, black tar, an “A-bomb” (when combined with marijuana) and a “speedball” (when mixed with cocaine)) is considered to be a controlled substance. Heroin is an opiate, that is to say, it comes from opium. In particular, it consists of morphine which is one of main elements of opium. The USA “Controlled Substances Act” regulates the use, possession and manufacture of controlled substances. According to classification given in the act, the heroin is listed in the Schedule 1. In its turn, it means:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Generally, heroin provides greatest intensity and euphoria which can last from 5 to 15 minutes depending on the way of drug use. Heroin can be:

  • Injected (intravenous or intramuscular),
  • Sniffed,
  • Smoked.

It has been provided numerous researches concerning the level of dependence from heroin. All of them have strongly confirmed that there is no difference in the way of drug consummation; they all provoke highly drug addiction.

In California, there is no legal use of heroin for medical purposes. Thus, any activity linked to heroin cultivation, use, sell, trafficking is strongly forbidden. If a person engaged in such activity, consequently, he or she may be accused of breaking several California Drug Laws.

In the below table you can find the list of the most common California heroin base crimes as well as punishments for them.

Crime Penalty
  • Simple possession of heroin for personal use
  • Cocaine base possession or purchase of heroin base for sale
  • Selling, distributing, importing or simply transporting heroin even for personal use
  • up to three (3) years of incarceration in state prison
  • up to five (5) years in state prison
  • a state prison sentence of up to five (5) years

Moreover, we propose you to profit from different drug diversion programs in California. They can give an opportunity to face treatment and education programs instead of jail time and a criminal record to nonviolent offences. If you are California heroin laws offender, you can benefit from the following programs depending on the particularities of your case:

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. We will help you to understand the various aspects of your case. We are ready to provide answers to your initial questions concerning drug charges in California for free. We will do our best to reduce or dismiss all your charges. Do not hesitate to contact us!

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