Drug Possession

Under California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS, it is illegal to possess certain controlled substances without a valid prescription. These controlled substances, which are also called illegal drugs, include but are not limited to:
● Cocaine (and cocaine base)
● Heroin
● Opiates and their derivatives
● Peyote
● Prescription drugs such as codeine and Vicodin
To be found guilty of possessing a controlled substance, it must be proven that the defendant exercised actual or constructive control over the drug, that they knew of its presence and that it was a controlled substance, and that the quantity was sufficient to be used as a controlled substance.