Having drugs on your person while carrying a firearm is a serious crime under California’s state Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 11370.1. It’s considered a felony, and so the punishments can be as severe as:
It’s worth noting that there are also serious collateral consequences to a California felony conviction. Some of the most serious ones include:
As already mentioned, this is considered to be a severe offense. Fortunately, there are a lot of different defenses to convictions that fall under California’s state H&SC 11370.1.
Some are more general legal defenses that can apply to many cases, while others apply specifically to this code. It’s up to your lawyer to decide which ones are applicable to your particular conviction. They can include:
Along with the well-known heroin, cocaine, PCP, and methamphetamine, controlled substances also include:
Having any of those drugs (besides GHB) under California law is considered a felony. And for it, you can suffer serious consequences such as:
On the other hand, possessing the drug GHB and similar drugs is a “wobbler” offense. And so, the consequences are a lot less severe:
Knowingly carrying a hidden firearm with you in a motor vehicle is a crime according to California’s Penal Code 25400 PC. However, if you have the right to own a firearm, you can have in your possession a hidden firearm when in:
If there aren’t any circumstances, carrying a hidden firearm is considered to be a misdemeanor. And so the penalties you may suffer include:
With that said, on specific occasions, carrying a hidden firearm could potentially become a felony or “wobbler offense”. For example:
In such cases, you can be punished with:
Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.