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Drug Possession Archives

Are "Drug Possession for personal use" cases still serious?

Drug possession for personal use cases are still very serious.  Even though simple possession for personal use of a small quantity of illegal drugs are misdemeanor charges, they still carry possible jail time up to a year, up to $1000 fine and some drug charges carry registration as a drug offender with local law enforcement.  Illegal drugs are not just methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine and mushrooms, but also include prescription drugs like vicodin and oxycotin without a prescription.  Since Prop 47 reduced all of these charges to misdemeanors, people are often cited and released initially rather than taken to jail and given a Court date.  These charges can also effect you driving privilege, immigration, employment, licensing, education, career choices and many other aspects of your life.