OC Cocaine Defense Lawyer
Orange County Drug Crimes Attorney
California has strict laws regarding the possession and use of cocaine.
A judge can set down the punishment for cocaine possession, which could
very likely include jail time and other harsh penalties. If you were arrested
on suspicion of cocaine possession, don't hesitate to call our
Orange County drug crimes attorney today.
Cocaine is regarded as a Schedule I substance due to its addictive and
dangerous nature. Possession of it is a felony offense in California,
which carries serious consequences. A typical sentence for cocaine possession
is up to a year in jail and/or a year of probation. Based on any aggravating
factors, however, such as previous drug offenses and the amount of cocaine
on your person, the judge can increase the sentence to up to three years.
Common Drug Defenses
Attorney Jacqueline Goodman can fight your drug charges in order to have them dropped.
Common defenses for cocaine possession include arguing that:
- Police conducted an illegal search and seizure
- The cocaine did not belong to you
- You did not know the substance was cocaine
- You were forced or coerced to possess the drugs for another person
Alternatives to Prison
Even if there is some substance to your charges, our Orange County criminal
defense lawyer can argue to have your sentence reduced. There are a few
alternatives in California to jail time for cocaine possession. Whether
you receive these options depend in part on your charge, criminal history,
and personal situation.
One alternative is Proposition 36 which involves a year of drug treatment
rather than jail. Treatment can be inpatient, outpatient, or at a halfway
house. Drug courts are found throughout California and typically require
general probation terms in addition to regular chick-ins at court.
If you secure Deferred Judgment, you will plead guilty and agree to undergo
probation and treatment. Successful completion of treatment together with
a clean rap sheet results in having your case dropped.
Providing Trusted Defense for Your Case
At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we pride ourselves on our commitment
to doing all we can on our client's behalf. We are not intimidated
by opposition, so when your future is on the line, look to Attorney Jacqueline
Goodman to stand up for you.