Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed?

How is possession of a controlled substance while armed (Health & Safety Code § 11370.1) defined? The following summary explains that the firearm must be “available for defendant’s immediate offensive or defensive use.” In other words, one could not be convicted of being “armed” under the statute if a loaded rifle is in the bed of a truck under a board and wrapped in a bag while defendant was driving. To read more about this code section and a recent case interpreting it, please click on the following link – https://www.greghillassociates.com/possession-of-controlled-substance-while-armed.html

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