Michigan laws are tough on drugs; police and other authorities crack down hard on those arrested for possession of cocaine. The penalties for being convicted of cocaine possession can cause someone to wind up in prison for a long time!
At The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, we work hard to keep those arrested for cocaine possession out of jail and prison. We will examine and decide for you the best ways to defend your charges. We will examine things like if the search police conduct was legal.
Possessing cocaine is illegal and many people don’t understand what “possession” actually means. You can be found guilty of this offense without having cocaine on you. If you have control over the drug, whether it is in your vehicle, your home, or your workplace you can be charged with cocaine possession.
If you are charged with Cocaine Possession in West Michigan, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor charge calls for penalties such as jail time of up to one year and/or fines of up to $2,000.
People who are found to be in possession of 50 grams or less may be charged with a felony. The consequences you may face include fines of up to $25,000 and up to four years in prison. For possession of cocaine in amounts of 50 grams or more, the penalties are as follows:
The penalties for cocaine possession in West Michigan are tough. The penalties for intending to manufacture, deliver, or distribute the drug, are even tougher. WMET, prosecutors and police officers vigorously pursue individuals who are found to be in possession of a substantial amount of cocain
According to the DEA, cocaine is a Schedule II drug. So what does this mean? It means that cocaine is considered to be a very dangerous drug. It means that cocaine has a high risk of abuse and who know it does from seeing how many people in society are addicted to cocaine. Schedule II drugs are also identified as having a high potential for severe psychological and/or physical dependence. Other Schedule II drugs include methamphetamine, methadone, Adderall, and Ritalin.
Cocaine comes in two forms:
Possession of cocaine is determined by several factors. It is not determined by if you have control over the drug. In practical terms, this means a defendant can be charged with possession even when the defendant does not possess the drug physically on them. For example, if it is found in your car, office or home, a defendant can potentially be charged with possession.
The punishment and fines for possession are determined by several factors. These factors are a prior criminal record, how much you possess, can you be rehabilitated and your age. One thing all judges will look favorably on is are you getting treatment for drug addiction.
The possibility of spending time in jail or prison worries people. Our lawyers at The West Michigan Criminal Defense Law Center has dedicated Michigan drug crimes lawyers. We will work hard to help you avoid the harshest penalties.
We will work to get those charged with Cocaine Possession in West Michigan nothing more than probation if they are guilty of the crime. There are also cases in which the court may focus on rehabilitating the accused individual rather than punishing him or her, depending on the jurisdiction in which that individual was charged with a crime. We will work hard to determine sentencing options you may be eligible for.
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