Like any other state, Florida criminalizes the possession of any amount of cocaine. Possession of cocaine is a third-degree felony and can result in penalties of up to five years of probation, up to five years in prison, and up to $5,000 in fines. In addition to that, you could even have your driver's license revoked for a year.
You cannot afford to face your charges without an equipped defense! You need a seasoned Orlando cocaine possession lawyer on your side today. We can help you build a strong defense against your charges.
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Penalties for Crimes Involving Cocaine
Crimes involving cocaine are punished very seriously in our state, much more so than crimes involving lesser drugs such as marijuana.
Penalties for cocaine offenses include:
- Possession: This is the most common cocaine offense. It is usually filed as a third-degree felony and can be penalized by up to five years in prison. However, most first-time offenders typically receive 18 to 24 months of probation.
- Possession with intent: This is a second-degree felony that can be punished by up to 15 years in prison. Again, many first-time offenders receive probation, provided they do not have multiple counts.
- Trafficking: This is an extremely serious criminal offense, and it includes mandatory minimum sentences. It is considered a first-degree felony and can be met with penalties of up to 30 years in prison or possibly even a life sentence, depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense.
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If you have been charged with possession of cocaine in Orlando, turn to Ali & Blankner for your defense. We have more than 85 years of combined legal experience at our firm, which we can put to use in constructing a defense strategy for your case.
Constructive Possession Defense
Constructive possession refers to who had actual control of the drugs that were found. If the cocaine was found in a place where more than one person had access to it, the prosecution would be required to prove both that you knew of the cocaine's presence and that you had dominion and control over the substance.
Without knowledge of the drug's presence and the ability to exercise control of it, you cannot be found guilty of cocaine possession. This means that the prosecution will not be able to convict you of possession, and your charges may be dismissed.
Lack of Knowledge Defense
People may find themselves in possession of drugs without even realizing it. Maybe you let a friend use your car, stay at your house, or even borrow a jacket. You may have never noticed the cocaine they left behind until officers stormed into your home or vehicle and accused you of possession. You can use this as an effective defense against your charges but will need a skilled attorney to help you prove your case.
Illegal Search & Seizure Defense
Evidence that was obtained illegally may not be used to convict you. When law enforcement personnel overstep their authority to search a person's vehicle, home, or person, or coerce a person into agreeing to a search, the evidence may be suppressed. This includes a search warrant that was gained in bad faith or an arrest without probable cause.
We can help you determine if officers truly had a search warrant to obtain the evidence against you. If they did not, we will not stop until this evidence is thrown out of your case!
If you have been charged with the possession of cocaine, the first step is to call an experienced and dedicated attorney. At Ali & Blankner we will work with you to determine the best strategy to win your case.
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