Law Offices of Elliott Kanter
Can I Be Arrested For Possessing Illegal Steroids in San Diego?
The state of California leads the nation in drug offenses, and they take them very seriously. If you are charged with drug possession, you can face a harsh sentence in jail or prison. There are various types of illegal drugs and different penalties that can jeopardize your freedom and future after a drug conviction.
Anabolic steroids are a hormone that enhances muscle growth, and in some cases, assists in weight loss. Athletes and others take anabolic steroids illegally to enhance their physical performance in sports. A look at the body-building industry is enough to make you see that steroid abuse is dangerous. Long-term use of steroids can cause serious health issues, and even death. The effects on the heart are sometimes irreversible. Abusing steroids can cause the following health risks:
- Kidney damage
- Lung damage
- Enlarged heart
- Blood pressure problems
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of heart attack
Drug abuse often results in legal problems, especially when someone uses steroids when they do not need them or takes them without the supervision of a doctor. Anabolic steroids are a Class II drug. Cocaine, opium, methamphetamine and methadone are also classified as Class II drugs. According to the law, steroids are considered slightly less dangerous than heroin, which is a Class I drug, but there is still a risk of death and a possibility of becoming addicted to them.
Illegal possession of steroids is a Class C felony. The penalty depends on several factors. This includes the number of steroids you have and what your intentions were at the time of the arrest. If you have a large quantity of the drugs in your possession or other items that lead the police to think you were selling them, you can be charged with distribution. This is a very serious crime, and the penalty can be from 1-5 years in prison and fines up to $125,000.
If you are charged with simple possession, several programs in California are alternatives to jail or prison. If this is your first offense and you do not have a history of drug abuse, you may avoid jail. For example, you could be sent to a court-ordered drug treatment program. But, that is not guaranteed. The laws in California are strict and far-reaching. If this is not your first offense, expect your penalty to be significantly worse. In some cases, it is doubled. Each case is different, and those differences determine the punishment you will receive from a judge.
It is crucial that you have a qualified defense attorney with experience in California drug laws. Honesty and cooperation with law enforcement are always encouraged, but that does not mean you should try to talk your way out of the situation. It is a good idea to remain silent until your attorney is present. This cannot be stressed enough. Statements made to law enforcement can be extremely damaging to your case.
In California, you need an attorney who has the knowledge and skills to help you. The consequences of a drug arrest are often devastating. Your attorney can assess your case and see if you qualify for any of the state programs that will help you. Without an attorney fighting for you, you stand a chance of never hearing about these available programs or strategies to avoid a drug conviction for possession of illegal steroids in San Diego.