Cocaine is a controlled substance—a drug regulated by the government. The simple possession of cocaine is illegal, and if you are charged with possession of cocaine for sale you are looking at prison time. Whether your case is a misdemeanor or a felony, having a drug charge on your record doesn’t only equal possible incarceration time as well as fines and drug treatment programs, it can also mean being turned down for jobs opportunities, apartments and if you are a Green Card or Visa holder it can lead to deportation. If you are charged with cocaine possession you need an experienced Los Angeles drug defense attorney who is familiar with California drug laws. Contact the Law Offices of William Kroger today at (313)-655-5700 for a free consultation.Cocaine Law Enforcement And Prosecution
Health and Safety Code 11350 makes it illegal to possess any Schedule II substances without a prescription. Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, meaning that is has a very high probability of abuse and that while it has a small accepted medical use, it comes with strict regulations and it is not available with a prescription, therefore there is no option for you to possess it legally.
If you are charged with possessing cocaine or possessing cocaine for sale in Los Angeles, you need to contact a drug defense lawyer right away. Because cocaine is such an addictive drug and is so closely linked with crime, law enforcement dedicate a lot of time and resources to go after drug crimes.
Possession of cocaine can be divided into these three categories:
- Actual Possession: this is when the cocaine is on your immediate person, such as in your pocket or wallet.
- Constructive Possession: this is when the illegal substance is in a place that you have control over, such as your glove compartment.
- Joint Possession: this is when you and another person have actual or constructive possession of the cocaine.
If you are charged with possessing cocaine and it is your first time you are facing up to 1 year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. But if you have a past criminal record you may be charged with a felony which can be up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
If you are found in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell you face 3 to 4 years in state prison and a maximum $20,000 fine.Defense Strategies for Possession or Possession for Sale of Cocaine
No matter the charge, an experienced Los Angeles drug defense lawyer can present different legal defenses on your behalf. Some common cocaine possession defense strategies are:
- The cocaine wasn’t yours
- Illegal search or seizure
- The cocaine was for personal use
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.
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.Contact A Los Angeles Drug Defense Lawyer
When you are charged with a cocaine crime, you want an attorney who is immersed in California drug law. At the Law Offices of William Kroger we always advocate for drug diversion programs and rehabilitation instead of punishment. Contact us today at (313)-655-5700 for a free consultation.