Police officers, lawmakers and other individuals in positions of authority often consider drug crimes serious offenses. While unlawful possession of any type of controlled substance could land you in serious trouble, criminal charges could become more severe if police officers accuse you of distribution or trafficking, or if they suspect the involvement of a particularly dangerous drug.
For instance, if you face charges relating to drug crimes involving cocaine, you could find yourself in an immensely tricky situation to handle. Fortunately, you can defend against any criminal allegation that comes your way, and in order to do so effectively, you may want to educate yourself on the possible charges that accusations of cocaine-related activity could yield.
Cocaine and state law
In Arkansas, cocaine is considered a significantly dangerous substance and lands in its own category (along with methamphetamine) rather than authorities considering it a Schedule I or Schedule II substance. Because of this special classification, convictions for crimes involving the drug tend to result in more serious punishments.
If authorities suspect you of cocaine possession, you could face the following charges:
- Class D felony for less than 2 grams
- Class C felony for 2 to 10 grams
- Class B felony for 10 to 200 grams
If you face accusations of possession with intent to deliver, the follow charges could apply:
- Class C felony for less than 2 grams
- Class B felony for 2 to 10 grams
- Class A felony for 10 to 200 grams
- Class Y felony for 10 to 200+ grams
If you face a Class A felony charge for possession with intent to deliver, you could face the possibility of six to 30 years in prison if the court convicts you of the charge. Additionally, you could also face severe charges if authorities suspect you had involvement in trafficking cocaine.
Handling your case
As you likely know, any type of felony charge could have lasting impacts on your life. When dealing with accusations of cocaine-related drug crimes, you will certainly want to make sure you put your best foot forward when it comes to creating and presenting your criminal defense. Gaining information on the charges themselves, on the possible consequences of conviction and on your defense options could benefit you. Additionally, you may want to remember that you have the right to an attorney, and an experienced legal professional could help you.