CA Health & Safety 11352 HSC

HSC 11352 – Transporting Controlled Substances

HSC 11352 - Transporting Controlled Substances

Transporting Controlled Substances – Table of Contents

What is California Health & Safety 11352 HSC?

It is illegal under California Health and Safety Code 11352 HSC to sell or transporting controlled substances in California. California defines a controlled substance as as any drug that is manufactured and regulated by the government. A list of controlled substances that are commonly referred to as narcotics and are illegal under the HS 11350 include, but are not limited to:

  • Opiates
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Peyote
  • Some hallucinogenic drugs
  • Codeine
  • Vicodin

In order to be convicted for selling or HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances the prosecutor must prove the following elements of the crime:

  1. That you engaged in either transporting, importing, selling, administering, or giving away drugs in California
  2. That you knew of the drug’s presence and that it was a drug
  3. That there was enough of the controlled substance to be used as a drug

Casting Doubt

If the prosecutor cannot prove each of the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt then you will not be convicted of selling or HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances. However, if you are convicted then you will face serious crimes because HSC 11352, Transporting Controlled Substances is a felony. The possible sentencing for HSC 11352, Transporting Controlled Substances is as follows:

  • Up to 5-years in state prison
  • Up to $20,000 in fines
  • Possible deportation if you are immigrant

There are some factors that will increase your sentencing:

  • If you are convicted of selling or HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances for sale then you will face up to 5 years in a state prison and fines up to $20,000.
  • If you are caught selling or transporting heroin, cocaine or cocaine base, or if you are arrested within 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center then you will be sentenced to an additional year in prison.
  • If you are arrested with an excessive amount of heroin, cocaine, or cocaine base then your sentence will be heightened depending on the amount of the controlled substance you have:
  • 3-years if the substance exceeded 1kg
  • 5-years if the substance exceeded 10kg
  • 15-years if the substance exceeded 20kg
  • 20-years if the substance exceeded 40kg
  • 25-years if the substance exceeded 80kg
  • If you have a prior drug crime conviction, other than one for personal possession, then you will face an additional 3-year prison sentence.

Prosecuting HSC 11352

As previously mentioned, in order for you to be convicted for HS 11352 the prosecutor must prove the following elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • That you engaged in either transporting, importing, selling, administering, or giving away drugs in California
  • That you knew of the drug’s presence and that it was a drug
  • That there was enough of the controlled substance to be used as a drug

Understanding of the Law

In order to understand what the prosecutor has to prove it’s important to have a full understanding of the language of the law.

Transportation

The first element of the crime states that in order to be convicted of the crime you must either transport, import, sell, administer or give away the drugs. California defines HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances as moving them, even a short distance, by some means, either by walking, skateboarding, taking the train, etc. the only requirement is that you moved the drugs.

Was it knowingly?

The second and third elements pertain to knowledge; either knowing that you had control of the drugs and that you knew the drugs were indeed controlled substances. The prosecutor does not need to prove that you knew what kind of drugs they were only that they were drugs. If you have a prior drug conviction then these two elements of the crime are easy for the prosecution to prove.

Defending HSC 11352, Transporting Controlled Substances

Police Entrapment

There are legal defenses that your criminal defense attorney can implement to prove your innocence. The first thing that your attorney will investigate is whether or not the evidence acquired against you was collected lawfully. If your attorney can prove that the police exercised any misconduct then the judge will have to drop the charges against you and drop the case.

Was it Entrapment?

Next, your attorney will investigate whether you were the victim of entrapment because selling and HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances crimes often involve a police sting operation. If you were coerced into acting differently then you normally would have because of undercover police involvement then it’s likely that you will not be found guilty. It will then become the job of your attorney to point out to the jury and judge that the police lured you into an illegal act that you normally would not have performed.

Lack of Knowledge

If you didn’t know that you were carrying the drugs then you cannot be convicted of HSC 11352. However, it must be proven in court that you didn’t know about the controlled substances and as previously stated, if you have a prior conviction then this legal defense becomes increasingly difficult for your attorney to prove.

These are only the most common legal defense strategies and might not apply to your case but there’s still hope. If you or a loved one is facing HSC 11352, Transporting Controlled Substances charges then it’s imperative to discuss your case with an effective and knowledgeable attorney. Seppi Esfandi is an Expert in Criminal Law with over 20 years of experience defending people for a variety of crimes, including selling and HSC 11352, transporting controlled substances.

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