The United States Drug Enforcement agency classifies cocaine as a Schedule II narcotic. hence it is illegal for recreational use nationwide. Cocaine with is addictive qualities attract severe criminal penalties for possession and distribution, although these penalties can differ by state. Read on to learn more.
Depending on the amount in your possession, how the cocaine was obtained and the intent of your possession can all play a factor in the severity of the penalty you may face at a state level. These can vary from small misdemeanors to serious felony charges for distribution and trafficking. Penalties can range from small fines to probation to up to twenty years imprisonment. Certain offenses are considered to fall foul of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and are handled as felony cases. Fines can range from $1,000,000 to $50,000,000 and from twenty years to a life sentence in prison.
Legality Of Possession
Cocaine is not included as a prescription drug so its use out of medical uses is illegal. Distribution, manufacture and the trafficking of cocaine is against the law in every state. The amount of cocaine in your possession impacts the severity of the charges you may face. Offenses at a state level are based on possession, federal offenses often focus on the intent and the criminal background of the person involved.
If you have a record of drug related offense, the charges you face will likely have greater consequences should you be found guilty. The initial conviction for cocaine use is a minimum fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail and a second conviction carries up to two years in jail and a fine of $2,500.
If someone who has been charges volunteers to enter and complete court-appointed rehab programs they may have their charges and sentences dismissed or reduced. Keep in mind if you are ever drug tested and are found to have cocaine in your system when you are in the stages of pretrial or probation, you will likely face penalties that are far more severe.
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