California Vicodin (Hydrocodone) Laws

california vicodin lawVicodin consists of a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is considered to be an opioid pain medication. Acetaminophen is a less strong pain reliever and it makes the effects of hydrocodone less effective. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are both pain killers.

Vicodin is used to relieve severe pain. It has to be taken into consideration that hydrocodone may impair person’s thinking and/or reactions. It means that a driver used vicodin will be probably charged with California DUI (HYPERLINK) and face sentencing prescribed by the law.

Generally, vicodin is available in the following forms:

  • Capsules.
  • Tablets.
  • Syrup.

The USA “Controlled Substances Act” regulates the manufacture, use, possession and trafficking of controlled substances. According to classification given in the act, the hydrocodone is listed in the Schedule II, if it is possessed or prescribed in pure form. In its turn, it means:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse
  • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions
  • Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Hydrocodone, in combination with other medications (including acetaminophen, in this case we get vicodin), is classified in the Schedule II. It means:

  • The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II
  • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
  • Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

It is lawful to use vicodin for medical prescriptions. It can block severe pain and be as a cough suppressant. The most important is not to overdose the controlled substance as well as a person is not to possess it more than it is prescribed by doctor.

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

Crime Penalty
  • Simple possession for personal use of vicodin (California Business & Professions Code 4060 BP(misdemeanor), California Health & Safety Code 11350(a) HS (felony))
  • Unlawful possession or purchase of vicodin for sale (California Health & Safety Code 11351 HS)
  • Selling, distributing, importing or transporting hydrocodone(even for personal use) (California Health & Safety Code 11352)
  • – Sentencing up to p to one (1) year in county jail (misdemeanor)
    b) – Sentencing up to p to three (3) year in state prison (felony)
  • Incarceration up to four (4) years in state prison
  • Incarceration of up to four (4) years in state prison

If you or a loved one is charged with California’s hydrocodone crime, do not desperate. YOU CAN BE ELIGIBLE for various California drug diversion programs. In this case, there is a possibility for nonviolent offenders to face treatment and education programs instead of jail time and a criminal record. If you are California vicodin laws offender, you can benefit from the following programs depending on the particularities of your case:

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