Any offense allegedly involving cocaine or "crack" cocaine is serious, whether you have been charged with possession or the sale/distribution of what is considered a CDS or controlled dangerous substance. Whether you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is vital to consult with a skilled Kansas City criminal defense lawyer as early as possible, as your legal rights and freedom may be in jeopardy. At The O'Connor Law Firm we are all too aware of the serious consequences those who are convicted of a crime involving cocaine face. You must take action immediately in your own defense!
In most cases, cocaine possession is considered a class C felony offense. Felony charges typically result in harsher penalties than misdemeanors, and may result in prison time, fines, and more for those convicted. The maximum punishment for those found guilty of cocaine possession is 7 years in prison along with a fine of $5,000. How serious the penalties are may depend on the amount of cocaine you allegedly possessed, criminal history, and other factors.
Because it is a controlled substance, cocaine distribution or selling is a serious criminal offense. Controlled substances are categorized on a "schedule" of drugs, with those in Schedule I or Schedule II being considered the most dangerous, abused, or addictive. Cocaine is listed as a Schedule II substance, and those who manufacture, distribute, or traffic the drug will face severe penalties if convicted. If you are charged with selling cocaine or possession of cocaine with intent to sell, the penalties you face may include a maximum of 15 years in prison. The minimum prison term for selling cocaine is five years.
The consequences of a
conviction for either possessing or distributing cocaine are extremely
serious. Not only may you lose your
freedom, your career and reputation may be seriously damaged. A criminal record also makes finding
employment or housing difficult as anyone can perform a criminal background