Most residents of California know that being found in possession of illegal drugs can be bad news. This is often made even worse if you are then suspected of dealing or manufacturing the substances in question. The result of this can be a lengthy criminal investigation, coupled with the chance of being charged with a variety of drug-related offenses. If convicted you could face fines, the loss of professional licenses or even a prison sentence.
The precise penalties can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. In particular, the type and quantity of drugs involved can have a significant influence on the sentencing. However, the state in which you are tried can also make a difference as each state can have slightly different laws surrounding controlled substances.
Although drugs are classified according to the Controlled Substances Act, as this article on drug schedules explains, the CSA counts as federal law. As such, not every state abides by it and may have certain laws which contradict the act. As such, it is not always easy to guess exactly what the outcome of a trial on drug crimes may be.
Regardless of how serious you suspect the result may be, you could still benefit from the support of an attorney. He or she can advise you about the charges you face and evaluate the circumstances of your arrest in case anything may be deemed to have been in breach or proper practice. With the correct guidance you may be able to find a way to secure a reduced sentence or even avoid conviction altogether.