Sacramento Cocaine Possession Lawyer
Being arrested for cocaine possession does not equal a conviction. Let a Sacramento cocaine possession attorney help you get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Possession of cocaine is a serious offense in the state of California, and although charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the particulars of your case, any conviction can negatively impact your life. Drug penalties can be stiff and usually include hefty fines and even jail or prison time—if you are convicted.
Getting charged with a drug crime like cocaine possession isn’t the end of the line, however. The prosecution must first prove their case against you. Having a Sacramento cocaine possession lawyer from Crowell Law Offices on your side can make all the difference in getting the best possible outcome for your case.
Penalties for Cocaine Convictions in California
The penalties for cocaine possession vary widely depending on how much of the controlled substance you were in possession of at the time of your arrest and whether this was your first offense. Your attorney can discuss with you in detail the kinds of penalties you might be facing, including possible alternatives to confinement.
The following are the penalties that could apply if convicted of a cocaine-related charge:
- Misdemeanor and felony possession of cocaine could result in probation, or up to three years in state prison. You could also be sentenced under prop 36 guidelines, which use a three-strikes policy for repeat offenders.
- Possession for sale of “cocaine base” will get you state prison for between three and nine years. The length will depend on the location of your offense (a daycare or school will get you more time), as well as who you were selling to (selling to minors will increase your confinement time).
- Transporting cocaine could get you sentenced to between three and nine years in state prison.
Defenses Against a Cocaine-Related Conviction
As with all criminal cases, there are always defenses against convictions. Many people believe that if they are “caught” with a drug on or near their person, they are as good as convicted, but this is not always true.
A possession attorney can fight against a drug conviction on your behalf. Below are just a few of the defenses your attorney can employ depending on the unique circumstances of your case:
- The search and seizure was illegal
- The cocaine belonged to someone else
- Misconduct by a police officer
Call Your Sacramento Cocaine Attorney
Drug charges can seriously impact your life. You could have difficulty finding employment, your family could be affected, and you may not be able to qualify for certain government programs. If your charge is a felony, you could even lose some of your constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.
If you’ve been charged with cocaine possession, contact a Sacramento cocaine possession lawyer from Crowell Law Offices. We have a record of success fighting against drug convictions of all kinds. We offer a free, confidential consultation, so call us today at 916-303-2800 or use our contact form below.