Possession of Cocaine

Possession of Narcotic Drugs is prohibited under Arizona law. Cocaine is specifically defined as a narcotic drug under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3401, meaning that possession of cocaine carries its own charges unique to the crime. Because cocaine is considered a narcotic drug, possession carries serious consequences.

Punishment for Possession of Cocaine

If you are convicted of Possession of Narcotic Drugs for possession of cocaine that you will be guilty of a class four felony.  Such a conviction can lead to serious punishment and other consequences.  A conviction for possession of cocaine pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408 can lead to a prison sentence of between 1 year and 3.75 years, depending on your criminal history.  Fortunately, for most first-time offenders, Arizona’s Proposition 200 applies, and you can avoid prison or jail time.  Nevertheless, if you are convicted of possessing cocaine in violation of the Possession of Narcotic Drugs statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408, you may be sentenced to a term of probation up to 4 years.

Having prior felony convictions may increase the prison sentence and make you ineligible for probation, depending on your prior convictions and whether Proposition 200 still applies to you.  That prison range can increase from 1 – 3.75 years to 2.25 – 15 years, depending on your history.

In addition to prison, jail, or probation, a felony conviction can lead to a loss of your civil rights, your right to possess a gun, and the loss of your job and future employment.  A felony is a stain on your record that you cannot get rid of.

How Do You Defend a Cocaine Possession Charge?

If you are charged with possessing cocaine there is a lot at stake, and you need an aggressive, experienced team of lawyers behind you that can raise defenses specifically tailored to your case.  These defenses could include:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Involuntary or coerced confession
  • Violation of right to counsel
  • Miranda violations
  • Lack of constructive possession
  • Lack of knowledge

You should not have to face the serious consequences of a felony case by yourself.  Speak with the AZ Defenders today for a free consultation about your case and get started on your path to the best results possible in your case.

 

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