- Possession/Possession for Sale of Cocaine
- Every cocaine charge in the California Penal Code is a felony.
- 2 to 4 years incarceration for “powder” cocaine.
- 3 to 5 years for “crack” cocaine.
Cocaine Law Enforcement/Prosecution
There are specific law enforcement divisions dedicated exclusively to eradicating cocaine sales, transportation and use from the streets of California. At the local, state and federal level, law enforcement is present on the streets, phones and internet. There are serious sentencing enhancements for repeat offenders, offenses involving large cocaine amounts and offenses involving cocaine and firearms together. Because of the relation of violent crime, gang activity and drug wars to cocaine specifically, law enforcement and prosecution teams dedicate an exceptional amount of time, money and resources to stopping these crimes.
Additionally, there is an emphasis by law enforcement to seize money, property and vehicles thought to be obtained through the proceeds from cocaine sales. This process is separate from the criminal prosecution and often disregards the due process rights found in criminal court.
These seized items are divvied up among law enforcement for department funding and seized contraband is often used in future sting operations against other suspected cocaine dealers.
William S. Kroger is an advocate of rehabilitation, instead of punishment in all drug cases. This is especially true for cocaine. In many instances, Mr. Kroger is able to work out a treatment option for clients that were initially facing prison time.
Mr. Kroger has never worked as a prosecutor or in law enforcement. Mr. Kroger is a 100 percent defense-oriented lawyer and has dedicated his professional life to defending his clients and preparing and executing the best legal defense possible. When you hire Mr. Kroger, you know that you have an attorney who has always been on your side.
Most criminal defense attorneys began their careers as prosecutors. After a number of years, they change sides and tell potential clients that this helps them “know how the other side thinks.” What it really means is that anyone who has worked as a prosecutor have imprisoned and taken money and property from the very same people they now represent.
The stakes involved in cocaine cases are extremely high. A defendant is can lose their freedom, financial stability, house and car and civic rights to vote, serve on a jury and own firearms. Mr. Kroger has spent years developing relationships with judges, prosecutors and law enforcement. When he walks into a courtroom or telephones a detective and says, “This is my client”, they listen to him.
In 2012, Mr. Kroger and his team secured a “Not Guilty” verdict for a client, following two hung juries. The client was alleged to have transported 220 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in an 18 wheel truck. The client was released the day after the not guilty verdict.
When you are charged with a cocaine crime, you want an attorney who has represented dozens of people in your same situation with the same judge and prosecutor you will be in front of. You want an attorney who has always been a criminal defense lawyer. You want an attorney that advocates for treatment and rehabilitation in cocaine cases, rather than punishment and retribution. That attorney is William S. Kroger.