Being charged with cocaine possession can be a traumatic experience. You are facing jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. Whether this is your first time within the criminal justice system or if you have an extensive history, the assistance of an experience defense lawyer can be crucial.
Most people that are charged with possession of cocaine, are found with a small amount of the drug. Many times they think this means they will simply be given a slap on the wrist. That is not the case. Drug possession is a serious charge in the state of Missouri, and one the courts sometimes use to send a message to other potential offenders.
Missouri Cocaine Possession Laws & Penalties
Usually, possession of cocaine is classified as a Class C Felony charge. This means it carries a potential 7 year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. Rarely is anyone sentenced to this maximum penalty, though it does happen.
If you are convicted, the judge will choose your sentence based on a number of factors, including your criminal history and the recommendation of the prosecutor. Obviously, the less cocaine you had on you and a non-existent criminal history have the potential to gain you a far more lenient sentence.
Cocaine Possession Defense Strategies
There are many different avenues for relief when accused of drug possession like this, and every case is different. As your attorney, we can custom tailor a defense strategy specifically suited to your case. Often these strategies are based on the evidence against you and how it was discovered. The police have to follow very strict procedures when conducting searches and seizures, one misstep and they have violated your rights, placing the integrity of the evidence in jeopardy.
If it’s determined that your rights have been violated, we can motion the court to suppress the evidence, potentially paving the way to have your case dismissed.
Another strategy, often used in cases where the defendant admits wrongdoing, is negotiating a favorable plea agreement with the prosecution. This could result in avoidance of prison time and possible probation.
The right defense strategy for your case depends on the specific facts of your case.
In some counties in the area, drug courts are available to those charged with cocaine possession. These courts allow you to avoid jail time by attending treatment and adhering to strict rules and frequent court check-ins. Contact us today to find out if there are such options in the jurisdiction you are charged.
If you are charged with cocaine possession, contact our offices today. We can provide a free consultation and potentially offer you some valuable legal advice.