As you may know, cocaine charges are extremely serious. There is no such thing as a minor cocaine charge. If you are found to be in possession of even a trace amount of cocaine, you may be charged with a third-degree felony and face up to five years in prison. Even if you receive probation, your driver's license will be suspended for two years if convicted.
Consequences Of A Drug Conviction
A felony drug conviction is a big deal, especially if you are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Background checks are increasingly common not only in employment, but also in college admissions or when you buy insurance, rent an apartment or take out a loan. A felony drug conviction is something that can follow you around for the rest of your life, especially with drugs like cocaine, mdma/ecstasy or heroin.
As a convicted felon, you would lose the right to vote and own firearms. A police officer who stops you on the road for a traffic offense would see your criminal history and could treat you differently as a result.
Penalties For Cocaine-Related Charges
Though each situation is handled differently, below are some of the general consequences if you were to be convicted on a cocaine-related possession charge in a Florida court:
- Felony cocaine possession (anything under 28 grams):
- Up to five years in prison
- Up to $5,000 in fines
- One year driver's license suspension
Due to strict drug laws in Florida, penalties are increased if the cocaine charge is related to intent to sell/deliver or trafficking.
Defenses To Cocaine Charges
Defenses to cocaine charges often hinge on search and seizure issues:
- Did the police have a legal reason to stop you?
- Did the police have probable cause to search your vehicle?
- If the drugs were seized in your home or apartment, did the police have valid search warrant?
As former prosecutors, we are highly experienced at identifying search and seizure issues that could result in suppression of the cocaine evidence. Without evidence, the charges could be dropped.
You may also be eligible for first-offender treatment that could resolve the charges without a conviction.
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At The Umansky Law Firm, we are here to make sure an arrest on cocaine charges does not wreck your life. Our drug offense lawyers represent juveniles and adults who are arrested on cocaine charges in Orlando and other communities in central Florida.
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