Cocaine is classified as a Schedule 2 drug. What does this mean? This means that it carries with it harsher penalties than Schedules 3, 4, and 5. If you have been charged with either possession, possession with the intent to sell, or trafficking of this particular drug, you are most likely facing much more severe penalties than if you were caught with steroids or other Schedule 3–6 drugs. If convicted, the court may sentence you to even more years behind bars and the fact that you are a convicted felon will very possibly follow you for the rest of your life. You will most likely be required to include your felony on every job application, which could affect your employability.
Do not let a felony conviction ruin your life. Do your part to set yourself up for success by hiring a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. The criminal defense attorneys at Pak and McRae Law, LLC have represented many people like you. Read below for more details about cocaine charges and call us today for a free initial consultation. To find out how we will fight your drug crime in Atlanta, GA, click here.
Penalties for Trafficking Cocaine
According to Georgia law, any kind of activity with an amount of 28 grams or more of cocaine is considered trafficking and is a felony offense punishable with 10 or more years behind bars and fines starting at $200,000. Types of activity that are punishable by law are knowingly selling, manufacturing, delivering, or bringing the drug into the state of Georgia. Even possession of amounts at this level may be considered trafficking.
If you have been convicted of trafficking cocaine, you are facing extremely severe penalties, which will vary depending on the amount of the drug you were caught with. We have listed the penalties below:
- 28–200 grams: 10 years in prison MINIMUM and a $200,000 fine
- 200–400 grams: 15 years in prison MINIMUM and a $300,000 fine
- 400+ grams: 25 years in prison MINIMUM and a $1 million fine
This does not have to be pure cocaine; mixtures that are 10 percent or more of cocaine are also punishable by the above penalties.
Penalties for Cocaine Possession in Smaller Quantities
A charge and/or conviction of drug trafficking requires a larger amount, but many people are caught with far smaller quantities of controlled substances like cocaine. It doesn’t take much to get you into trouble:
- First offense: 2–15 years in prison + fines
- Second offense: 5–30 years in prison + fines
As you can see, even possession of a small amount can land you anywhere from two to 15 years in prison in addition to fines for a first offense. Your exact penalties will depend on the amount, your type of activity, and your perceived intent. If this is your second offense, you are facing anywhere from five to 30 years in prison plus fines.
If you have been caught with cocaine or a mixture of cocaine, are you prepared to fight the charges alone? Do you feel confident that you will be able to get your cocaine charge reduced or dismissed? If we were in your shoes and if we did not have the understanding of the law that we have, we would not feel very confident. Even if you think you can handle this on your own, you should not.
Fighting drug charges—especially one as serious as this one—can be successful, but only with the right help. You need legal representation in order to put your best foot forward and to have the best shot at convincing the prosecution that you are not as guilty as they are accusing you of being.
Call the drug defense attorneys at Pak and McRae Law, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, today for a free initial consultation and find out how we can help you. We will listen to your story, investigate the facts of your case, and inform you of your options. If you decide to retain our services and put our years of experience to work for you, we will do everything we can to make sure that this one charge does not ruin your life.