What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant drug that some people use to get an elated feeling and results in increased activity. While it can provide a sense of euphoria, it also carries numerous negative side effects like convulsions, anxiety, shallow or rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, mood swings, and hallucinations. When addicted to cocaine, the individual may need to take more of the drug more often in order to maintain their high. If you are subject to drug testing, cocaine can be detected in your body fluids.
Cocaine has unfortunately become very popular in the United States, with people of all ages using it. It comes in two forms: “freebase” or crack cocaine and hydrochloride salt. Crack is typically smoked, while hydrochloride salt is powdered before being snorted, and dissolved in water before being injected or taken orally. The availability and affordability of crack cocaine make it the drug of choice for many people across the state of Michigan. When caught with cocaine, enlisting the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential to protect your legal rights and avoid jail time.
Examples Of Cocaine Crimes
The penalties for cocaine possession in Michigan can be severe. If convicted of a misdemeanor offense, you could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. However, if it is determined that you are in possession of cocaine, these consequences become more severe; the larger amount of cocaine you possess, the harsher the punishment will be.
According to Michigan law, possessing less than 50g of cocaine is considered a felony and may result in conviction sentences including up to 4 years imprisonment, fines of up to $25,000 or both. Possessing between 50-450g of cocaine could result in conviction sentences including 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000 or both. Possession between 450g-1kg could see 30 years imprisonment as well as fines up to $500,000 or both. Possession over 1kg carries a possible life sentence as well as fines up to $1 million or both.
If it is determined that an individual possessed the drug with intent to deliver or manufacture it then even harsher punishments can be applied – for example those found with less than 50 grams could face 20 years in prison instead of the 4 faced upon discovery without intent. Other factors such as prior criminal convictions and drug activity within close proximity to parks, schools and other places may also influence sentencing decisions.
Consequences Of A Conviction
Beware of the consequences that can come with facing charges related to a cocaine crime. A misdemeanor might be uncommon, while felonies are often accompanied by significant criminal and financial punishment. Professional licenses such as medical, law, accounting, or teaching licenses may be put in danger if someone is convicted of a cocaine offense. Furthermore, even after they have served their sentence or probation, having a criminal record can make it very difficult to find employment and may remain an obstacle for years afterwards. Remember that there are several potential outcomes when accused of a cocaine offense – so stay aware and mindful of what you could face.
Lega Defenses To Cocaine Charges
The accusation of a cocaine-related crime is a serious matter. It is important to understand the legal strategies available and consider all relevant questions. Was the police’s evidence obtained through constitutionally validated methods? Did they possess reasonable grounds and have the correct warrant? Did any form of compulsion or entrapment exist? Although you may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, exploring these defensive arguments can help ensure that no opportunities for dismissal or reduced charges are overlooked. With experienced legal counsel, constitutional infractions can also be challenged in court before a jury gets the chance to determine a verdict. All options should be carefully evaluated to improve your chances of reaching a successful outcome.
If you’re facing drug possession charges in Michigan, there is an opportunity to avoid a conviction by pleading guilty or being found guilty by the court. As a result of this approach, proceedings may be dismissed through probationary sentences and terms and conditions imposed by the court which must be successfully followed. This form of resolution is supported for first-time offenders in possession of controlled substances under Michigan law through MCL 333.7411.
The benefits don’t stop there. Not only are legal proceedings discharged but any associated liabilities such as drug treatment programs and urine testing become void when probation is completed. Plus, this route offers the chance to dodge the driver’s license suspension usually associated with criminal charges. Individuals can even explore different options like Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) and prosecutor deferrals that cater to their individual needs – consulting experienced legal counsel is advised for further guidance.
Skilled Defense For Any Drug Charges
We don’t just encourage people to take plea deals. Before we ever consider a negotiated resolution, we explore viable defenses such as Fourth Amendment violations. We understand that a cocaine conviction can have immediate and long-lasting consequences.
For answers to your questions and a real defense, contact Williams & Associates today. Call our Traverse City office at 231-735-8575 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.