Often times called “simple possession,” this charge is filed when one is accused of possessing a usable amount of a controlled substance for personal use. Common controlled substances are methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, or other prescription drugs or pain killers if one does not have the requisite prescription.
If convicted of simple possession, there are many possible outcomes. Depending on the controlled substance, the case could be filed as a misdemeanor or felony. The sentences range from a maximum of one year in county jail, all the way up to 3 years in state prison depending on your criminal history.
If you’ve been charged with possession of a controlled substance, the good news is that California has adopted various drug diversion and treatment programs that may be available to you. You may even be able to keep a drug conviction off of your record altogether, should you qualify for such a program, and complete it successfully. PC1000 and Prop. 36 are drug diversion programs that may be appropriate for you.