Learn How to Defend Against Charges of Possession for Sale of Fentanyl Charges under California Health and Safety Code 11351

Right now, fentanyl is a new drug that has come on the scene and the authorities are very concerned because of its deadly nature.

It can be mistaken for oxycodone, and therefore, it is being used a substitute instead of oxycodone, and sometimes the drug dealers who are selling it can’t even tell the difference between oxy and fentanyl.

It’s a synthetic drug and it’s much more powerful than oxy.  The problem is a lot of people overdose on it. So, you have a lot of deaths associated with it, and I think more and more:

  • the authorities are prosecuting these cases, and
  • trying to find people who are involved in the sales and transportation of fentanyl across the country.

So, if you or a loved one is charged with possession for sales or sales of fentanyl, it’s crucial that you get to an attorney right away.

I’ve been doing this for 27 years.  I know how to handle these drug cases.

State vs. Federal Drug Crime Charges

Defense of California Possession for Sales of Fentanyl Charges

California Health and Safety Code 11351 makes it a crime to have possession of fentanyl with intent to sell.

Also, what is interesting about these fentanyl cases is, depending on the amount of the drug that you have, that will typically determine whether the case will go federal or be prosecuted at the state level.

Also, interestingly enough, even if you have a huge amount of fentanyl or a huge amount of any type of drug, some state governments will prosecute the case, even though typically, the feds are the ones prosecuting the large amounts.

It really seems to have to do with who ends up finding out about the sales of fentanyl, who ends up arresting the people.

Confidential informants

Usually what I see is they have confidential informants giving information and then they do and arrest the person.

That person gives information and that information is used to either:

  • get a search warrant or follow the person or they even use the informant, and
  • a lot of times to do a hand-to-hand drug transaction that is either recorded,
  • or the authorities are there to give the drugs, get the money and then they ultimately end up arresting the person who is responsible for it.

So, in these fentanyl cases, it’s crucial you get an attorney because a lot of times, prosecutors want to send you to either state or federal prison for a long time.

Sentencing Enhancements

At the federal level, you’re looking at mandatory minimums as I make this post.

Even at the state level, you’re looking at mandatory minimums if you have a certain amount of the drugs — a certain amount of kilos involved.

Although the Los Angeles county District Attorney has decided not to pursue these heavier drug allegations and enhancements.

The surrounding counties, like San Bernardino county, Riverside county, Santa Barbara county, Orange county, Ventura county, are all still prosecuting these cases.

They will add multiple years in prison if you’re caught with multiple kilos of this particular drug, cash, weapons.  These are all things I see in these big fentanyl cases.

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What I would suggest you do, if you or a loved one is charged with sales or possession for sales of fentanyl, is pick up the phone.

Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding.  We’ll set up something in my office where it will be completely private and confidential.

We’ll go over everything and then we’ll get a plan together on exactly how we’re going to handle your particular matter and get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.

Hedding Law Firm is a top-rated criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.

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