Are you facing charges for Money Laundering? Violation of California Health and Safety Code 11370.9 is a serious crime, even if you’re not the organizer but are a participant or affiliate of a major or minor criminal ring. Depending upon your case circumstance, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense. If convicted of a felony, you may lose many opportunities afforded to the general population including housing and employment.
At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our Orange County white collar attorneys believe that good people make mistakes too. We understand that there are circumstances that can lead good people to live a life of crime. They provide free case evaluations to anyone charged or arrested for money laundering and can help you understand the charges and penalties that you are facing. Call or fill out our contact form today to get assistance from skilled legal professionals.
HS 11370.9 Defined
Money Laundering under California Health and Safety Code 11370.9 is defined as laundering in connection with drug transactions. California Health and Safety Code 186.10 covers general forms of money laundering.
Details on Money Laundering in Connection with Drug Crimes
- Fraudulently received money must have been acquired through a drug crime
- HSC 11370.9 does not require that money is transacted through a banking institution
- The money laundering was conducted to hide the source of the money – from drug rings
- The total sum of money laundering would have to be more than $25,000 within a thirty day
In order to prosecute for California Health and Safety Code 11370.9, the state has the burden to prove one or more of the following:
- The defendant held in their possession a drug paraphernalia
- The defendant had the ability to control this device
- The defendant was aware that they held this in their possession
Penalties for HS 11370.9 Violations
Money Laundering or California Health and Safety Code 11370.9 can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony, and those found guilty can face:
- Misdemeanor: Up to one year in the county jail, and or up to $1,000 in fines
- Felony: 2, 3 or 4 Years in the California State Prison, and or up to $250,000 in fines, or double the amount of the money laundering figure
In addition to these penalties, Money Laundering is also a Federal crime, which carries its own set of penalties. This is why it’s important to have a lawyer by your side if you feel cornered by the prosecution.
If you’re facing Money Laundering charges in California, contact the criminal defense attorneys at MacGregor & Collins, LLP to help avoid common pitfalls. Call us today at (888) 250-2865.
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