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Is Codeine Illegal in California?

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Recently, OhGeesy, a California rapper, was arrested for gun and codeine possession. According to XXL, a music industry magazine, OhGeesy (born Alejandro Carranza) was arrested in Burbank after he was pulled over by police.

Reportedly, OhGeesy had just left a friend’s funeral when the vehicle he was in was pulled over near the intersection of Clybourn Avenue and Victory Boulevard. Police allegedly pulled over the vehicle because of code violations. OhGeesy was seated in the backseat at the time the vehicle was pulled over. Police searched everyone in the vehicle as well as the vehicle itself.

Police allegedly found OhGeesy to be in possession of a bottle of codeine. Reportedly, OhGeesy didn’t have a prescription for the codeine. In addition, police found a loaded firearm in the vehicle. None of the occupants of the vehicle claimed possession of the firearm.

OhGeesy was arrested for possession of codeine without a prescription and possession of a firearm. Bail for OhGeesy was set at $35,000, and he has since bonded out. OhGeesy’s attorney released a statement announcing the charges and claimed that he and his client looked forward to their day in court assuming the case makes it that far.

What Are the Penalties for a Codeine Possession Conviction in California?

In California, it is illegal to possess codeine without a prescription, sell codeine, transport codeine for sale, be under the influence of codeine without a prescription, or drive under the influence of codeine. The punishments for a codeine possession conviction in California are harsh. The following are the penalties for a conviction for codeine possession in California:

  • Codeine Possession (Personal Use) – This is generally a misdemeanor. It can result in a fine of up to $20,000 and as much as a year in county jail.
  • Codeine Possession (For Sale) – This is a felony and a conviction can lead to up to four years in prison and as much as a $20,000 fine.

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At Appel & Morse, we have years of experience successfully helping clients facing drug charges. Our criminal defense lawyers understand how to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed. If you’ve been arrested for codeine charges in California, do not hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

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