If you or someone you love has been charged with sale or transportation of methamphetamine, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

This is because sale or transportation of methamphetamine is a felony in California (HS 11379), which can have serious life-altering consequences. HS 11379 also makes it illegal to administer methamphetamine or to import it into California.

California’s methamphetamine laws are so strict that simply offering to do any of these things — regardless of whether you actually do them — is also illegal.

Penalties for Sale or Transportation of Methamphetamine

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For a first-time offense with no aggravating circumstances, a conviction for sale or transportation of methamphetamine could carry:

  • Two (2), three (3), or (4) years in state prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • Probation

It’s possible to get “drug diversion” as an alternate sentence instead of jail time for some other drug crimes, but it’s not possible to get diversion for sale or transportation of meth. As well, penalties could be “enhanced” for certain circumstances related to an HS 11379 violation.

These circumstances include:

  • Selling methamphetamine near drug treatment centers or homeless shelters
  • Using the help of a minor in the sale of methamphetamine
  • Selling or transporting more than one kilo of methamphetamine

Defenses Against Methamphetamine Charges

While the penalties around methamphetamine charges are steep, it’s can be possible to have charges reduced or dismissed entirely.

It’s best to speak directly with a local criminal defense attorney who is skilled in defending drug  cases. Your attorney can provide advice on the best defense strategy going forward, and your attorney will defend your Constitutional rights against aggressive prosecutors.

Attorney Robert M. Helfend has successfully defended drug cases throughout the Los Angeles area for more than 30 years. If you would like more information on your options or a free case evaluation, call today to set your appointment — 310-456-3317.