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Felony criminal defense: Facing cocaine-related drug charges?

In the state of Mississippi, cocaine is considered a schedule II controlled substance. That just means that is a highly addictive drug. State and federal law prohibit the use, manufacturing, trafficking and sale of this drug. Those caught with cocaine in their possession may face a number of serious consequences, particularly if they are charged at the felony level. A felony criminal defense can help such individuals ensure their rights are protected throughout the course of their court proceedings.

Wondering what the potential penalties for cocaine-related drug crimes are? Cocaine-related drug crimes are typically broken down into three different categories: possession, sale and trafficking. The severity of the consequences associated with a conviction all depends on the amount of the drug found in a person's possession.

If a person is charged with possessing under 0.1 gram of cocaine, this is considered a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, this individual will be looking at a fine of $1,000 or less and up to 12 months in jail. Possessing anything greater than 0.1 gram is a felony. The consequences vary from three to 20 years in prison and fines ranging from $1,000 to $500,000.

If a person is charged with the sale, manufacturing or possession with intent to sell of cocaine, possible consequences include anywhere from three to 30 years in prison and fines ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. If the individual is accused of selling drug paraphernalia as well, this could add another six months to one year of jail time and additional fines ranging from $500 to $1,000. Finally, if charged with possessing or accepting drug money, one may face prison time of up to five years and a fine of $1,000,000.

If a person is charged with trafficking, this means that he or she was accused of having at least 30 grams of coke in his or her possession, or this individual has been charged with selling three or more times over the course of a 12-month period. If convicted on a trafficking charge, the penalty is 10 years to life in prison. Fines range from $5,000 to $1,000,000.

Clearly, cocaine-related drug charges are taken seriously in the state of Mississippi. Treating such charges lightly will only hurt one's case. A felony criminal defense attorney with experience handling these types of drug charges can help one take the steps necessary to seek the best possible outcome.

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