People accused of selling drugs in California may find themselves receiving criminal charges for the overdose deaths of their alleged customers. New 'drug delivery resulting in death" laws are becoming more common in many states. In places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, alleged drug dealers can face severe penalties for selling drugs to a person who goes on to fatally overdose
When California residents are facing criminal charges, it is possible their cases will be resolved through the plea bargaining process. With a plea bargain, the defendant often will agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge or in exchange for dismissal of additional charges. Often, the possible sentence faced will be much less than what would have been the case had the trial proceeded.
In California, the San Diego Association of Governments reported an all-time high in heroin use among detained individuals in San Diego County since it first started recording such instances in 2000. This reflects a significant rise in opiate abuse across the country that prompted President Obama to call for a stronger effort to prevent trafficking of heroin in the Northeast in August.