Defending a California Health and Safety Code 11351: Possession of Narcotics for SaleA California Health and Safety Code 11351 violation is defined as having possession of controlled substances or narcotic drugs that the individual intends on selling for profit. Narcotics might include prescription drugs like codeine, morphine, or oxycontin – or drugs like cocaine, heroine, or PCP. Individuals accused of possession of narcotics should contact a criminal attorney right away.Defending a Possession of Narcotics ChargeAttorneys use several different defenses for their clients who are charged with possession of narcotics – based on the client’s unique situation and the circumstances surrounding the case. Some of the most common defenses include:Defense 1: Illegal Search and Seizure:If the police have searched the accused individual’s car or home without a warrant, it could be grounds for a dismissal. It is important that the police have followed the proper protocol, and in order to search a vehicle or home without permission of the owner, the police need a search warrant signed by a judge. A search that exceeds the allowance of the warrant is also illegal, as are situations where excessive force is used to obtain the substances.Defense 2: Lack of PossessionThis defense is often used when two or more individuals were apprehended along with the drugs. The state must prove that the items were belonging to you, and if you’re with several other individuals, it could be very difficult for the state to prove that they belonged to you. If it can’t be proven, the charges against you could be dismissed.Defense 3: Lack of KnowledgeThis defense is also often used when there are more than one individuals apprehended. For instance, Jack’s friends pick him up at the corner of Main St. In the trunk of the car they’re driving are several bags of cocaine. Jack has no idea the cocaine is in the car, but two blocks later, the car is stopped by the police. Jack shouldn’t be convicted of this crime because he had no idea that the drugs were present in the vehicle when he entered it. This defense can result in the charges being dropped against Jack.Defense 4: No Intent to SellAn accused individual cannot be convicted of this particular crime if he or she had no intent to sell the drugs he or she was in possession of. They may have had the drugs, but intended to use them rather than sell them. The circumstances and other evidence found with the drugs will determine whether this defense will work. For instance, if a large amount of cocaine was found by itself, it may be for the individuals who have it. However, if it’s found with additional, smaller and empty bags, it could be said that the smaller bags were going to be used for distribution.Anyone who has been accused of possession of controlled substances with intent to sell needs to contact an attorney right away so that attorney can get started mounting a defense right away. This will help ensure the rights of the accused.