California drug crime laws outlawed additional drugs and chemicals with the recent enactment of Senate Bill 139. While the sale of specific synthetic drugs is already a crime, the new law makes the mere possession of the enumerated synthetics either an infraction for the first offense or a misdemeanor for the subsequent offenses.

Synthetic Drug Spice

The new law was prompted by numerous reports on the dangerous side effects resulting from abuse of synthetic drugs known as ‘Spice’, ‘Black Mamba’, ‘Sexy Monkey’, and ‘Twilight’. Local health officials expressed alarm over a rise in overdosing incidents where users experienced severe effects such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Extreme anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Agitation
  • Altered mental status
  • Death

Synthetic drugs are a new type of chemical substances that mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as marijuana. Their inclusion in the list of illegal substances is intended to protect young people who tend to believe that synthetics are safer substitutes of their genuine counterparts.

Drug Crime Defense

The ban can serve a good purpose for the community but aggressive law enforcement can lead to illegal arrests and seizures. If you are apprehended for possession of prohibited synthetics during a traffic stop, the first thing to do is call your criminal defense attorney before making any statements to police.

Your defense attorney should be able to examine the charges against you and the evidence obtained by the police. When appropriate, your attorney can raise appropriate defenses against the charges made by questioning the legality of the search and seizure that led to the alleged discovery of prohibited substances and the circumstances of the arrest. If you don’t have an attorney and are already facing charges for drug possession, the criminal defense attorneys of the Kestenbaum Law Group are prepared to help you.

Drug possession charges should be taken seriously. A misdemeanor conviction can lead to jail time and a high fine and a criminal record that can limit your options for college and employment.

At the Kestenbaum Law Group, our attorneys have been defending clients since 1979, helping them obtain dismissals or reduction of the charges against them. In Los Angeles, California, contact us online or call us at (818) 616-4312 to speak to one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.