Avoiding a Guilty Verdict from Cocaine-related Crimes
All crimes related to drugs are serious offenses in the United States. Those charged with drug crimes are threatened by lengthy jail terms and huge fines. Equally hurting are the consequences of a criminal charge. For not only can it ruin one’s career; it can also entail lots of limits and inconveniences in one’s life, including difficulty in finding a decent place to live in, international travel restrictions, difficulty in obtaining professional licenses and unfavorable effects on custody and visitation rights.
Acts related to a drug crime include manufacture, selling, distribution, possession or use of prohibited drugs and drug-related equipment. One kind of drug that has been illegalized in the US is cocaine; the second most commonly used drug in the US (after marijuana or cannabis) and a Schedule II drug according to the US Controlled Substances Act (or CSA, which is the second title of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) because of the high tendency for its addictive use. In very rare cases, however, cocaine has been administered to individuals for medical purposes.
For many young adults, cocaine is more known as a party drug, due to its tendency to keep them awake and active throughout the night. To professionals, it carries a reputation as “a rich man’s drug,” as those who usually use it are members of the middle and upper classes.
The punishment imposed on individuals involved in anything related to cocaine is harsh; it becomes even harsher if the amount of the illegal drug increases and still worse if there is a case of injury or death connected. Thousands of dollars plus imprisonment can be imposed on individuals in possession of small amounts of cocaine. Possession of more than 500 grams can result to 5 – 40 years behind bars; if traces of death or serious injury will lead to the crime, a $2 million-fine and a jail term of 20 years to life may await a convicted individual.
Any drug crime, but more especially one that is cocaine- related, is a major offense. On its website, the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter rightly says that drug crimes require a tough and experience criminal defense attorney, who knows what it takes to win a case. But not all criminal defense lawyers have the same extent of court experience, level of determination and dedication in defending clients. Entrusting a case to one who lacks the above factors may just cause a defendant his or her bright future; thus, it is absolutely necessary that an accused finds only the best lawyer for his or her defense.
Unfortunately, sometimes good people make mistakes. If you have been charged with a drug crime and are suffering the consequences, you might consider expunction. An expunction will help clear your criminal record. Contact an expunction attorney today for more information.