Selling Synthetic Stimulants
As many drugs are considered controlled substances and the manufacturing, distribution, and possession of them are banned, those making drugs have found new avenues. Authorities in California and around the world have been seizing synthetic stimulants. These are synthetic drugs created either to form a new substance or to mimic an original one. It is important for all to know that the California criminal system does have laws in place against synthetic drugs. This article will provide a brief overview of the selling of synthetic drugs/stimulants. If you have been arrested or charged with this offense, we encourage you to immediately reach out to us.
The Elements of the Law
Synthetic substances are specific chemical compounds. These compounds are used to create drugs that mimic controlled substances but are not exactly those substances. For example, a synthetic compound can be derived such that its use results in the same effects as the use of methamphetamine, MDMA, or cocaine. However, the synthetic compound is not chemically equivalent to the latter substances.
In order for the prosecution to prove that a defendant is guilty of having sold a synthetic compound as described above, they must prove a few elements. The defendant must have been selling, dispensing, distributing, furnishing, administering, giving, or offering to sell the synthetic substance. Another possible violation is the possession of the synthetic substance for the purpose of selling it.
Punishments for Selling Synthetic Drugs
If the prosecution meets its burden and proves the legal elements, the defendant faces a misdemeanor offense. This conviction can result in jail time as well as the payment of fines. However, it is important to note that this crime can occur in the context of similar ones, as well. For example, if the synthetic substance was also being transported at the time, additional charges can apply. As such, please contact us today and receive expert legal help from one of our attorneys.