PC 4573.5 is treated as a felony in the court system in California. A conviction of this charge could lead to prison time and fines. Get additional information about how to fight this charge by contacting us at (310) 997-4688.
The Basic Facts About Bringing Contraband into a Correctional Facility
Jails and prisons are controlled locations in California. Individuals are prohibited from bringing certain items into these facilities. Restricted items are called “contraband.” There are two primary kinds of contraband under PC 4573.5:
- Drugs that are not considered controlled substances
Controlled substances are illicit drugs that are regulated by the government. Not all drugs are controlled in this way. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be considered contraband in California. It is against the law to bring these drugs into a jail or prison.
Note that it is also against the law to bring controlled substances into a correctional facility. The court classifies this as bringing narcotics into a jail or prison. Individuals who bring in these substances can face charges under Penal Code 4573.
Individuals Affected by PC 4573.5 Charges in California
PC 4573.5 applies to many different people who can enter jails or prisons in California. Any of the following individuals could face this charge:
- Visitors to a prison
- Guards working at a prison
- Individuals sent to jail or prison
- Prisoners in a correctional facility
Bringing contraband into a prison or jail can lead to serious penalties.
Results of a Conviction Under Penal Code 4573.5
Bringing contraband into a correctional facility is a felony in California. Felonies are the harshest criminal charges you can face in this state. Individuals convicted under PC 4573.5 can face up to three years of incarceration.
The court may use probation as a penalty for bringing contraband into a correctional facility. While on probation, individuals do not have to stay in prison. However, they do have to obey certain orders handed down by the court or risk going to prison long-term.
Ignoring probation requirements can lead to a probation violation. Probation violations are treated seriously in Los Angeles. Individuals can have their probation revoked if they do not obey court orders. This can lead to jail or prison time.
Find out more about the terms of probation with the Simmrin Law Group. We’ll review with you how to fight the punishments for felony charges. Call us at (310) 997-4688.
Defenses for Bringing Contraband into a Correctional Facility
A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help if you are accused of bringing contraband into a correctional facility. Our team knows what it takes to handle PC 4573.5 charges. We can work to show that:
You Did Not Knowingly Bring Contraband to a Jail or Prison
Individuals must knowingly bring alcohol or drugs into a correctional facility to face a PC 4573.5 conviction. This means you may be able to avoid a conviction if you brought in contraband unintentionally. For example, perhaps you were visiting the prison and, without your knowledge, someone put a bottle of alcohol in your purse. You may be able to avoid conviction in this case.
You Did Not Bring Contraband to a Correctional Facility
You can only be convicted of PC 4573.5 charges if you bring a restricted substance to jail or prison. Perhaps you brought water in a bottle that resembled an alcohol container. As long as you did not actually have alcohol in that container, you should not have to face conviction.
You Brought Contraband into a Correctional Facility Under Duress
Perhaps you were forced to bring contraband into a correctional facility. We’re here to help if you were threatened into delivering alcohol or drugs. Contact a lawyer right away in this situation. We can take charge of your case right away. Don’t wait to get help on your side.
Contact Us for Help with Handling Penal Code 4573.5 Charges
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