Under the California Penal Code, possession of cocaine is a felony offense. This means that if charged and convicted, you will face serious criminal penalties. There are law enforcement divisions in the state who dedicate their efforts specifically to crimes involving cocaine, including possession, sales, and transporting drugs. Whether an individual is charged as a first-time or repeat offender, the consequences will be harsh. At The Justice Firm, our top priority is protecting the legal rights and freedom of those under investigation or charged with cocaine possession.
Southern California is an area where drug offenses involving cocaine are rampant. Much of the popularity of the drug can be attributed to our location, and accessibility through the California-Mexico border. While trafficking or selling cocaine is a more serious offense, those accused of cocaine possession will face serious consequences, as lawmakers, police, and prosecutors now crack down hard in an effort to eradicate crimes involving this Schedule II narcotic. If you have been charged with cocaine possession, it is critical you discuss your situation with a capable and experienced Los Angeles drug crimes attorney immediately.California Criminal Penalties for Cocaine Possession
There are various factors which will determine the criminal penalties you face if convicted of cocaine possession. These include the details of your particular case, how much cocaine you had in your possession, and your criminal history.
If you have never been charged with a drug offense in the past or a substantial amount of time has passed since a prior offense, it may be that you qualify for alternative sentencing so that you can avoid jail time. Some of the alternative sentencing options in California include programs under Proposition 36, Deferred Judgment, and attending a Drug Court.
However, the law dictates that an individual convicted of possessing cocaine may face up to three years in jail/prison. Should you be charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute, you will face up to five years in prison. This charge often comes when an individual is found to be in possession of a substantial amount of cocaine, or more than an individual would typically need for personal use.A conviction for cocaine possession may also result in fines of up to $20,000.
Ultimately, it is essential to discuss your case with a highly qualified Los Angeles cocaine possession defense attorney. If it is you first offense, your lawyer can help determine whether you may be eligible for a drug diversion program.Contact The Justice Firm Now
At The Justice Firm, we know the serious implications a drug conviction can have on an individual's life. Not only are the criminal penalties harsh, you will have a criminal record which could impact your future, career, and employment opportunities. Often times, people who have been convicted of a drug crime find that the embarrassment, stigma, and ruin of their reputation is far more serious punishment than the actual penalties. For outstanding legal representation, contact our team of trusted Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers today at (310)914-2444.