Accused of a Cocaine Violation?
Los Angeles Drug Defense Lawyers Explain Cocaine Charges
The United States is the largest consumer of cocaine in the world where it is used illegally as a recreational drug. Derived from the coca plant, cocaine is a drug that works by stimulating the nervous system. This addictive substance is illegal in most parts of the world unless allowed for medical reasons. Cocaine can be taken orally, through the nose, or by injection. It is the most popular in the middle and upper classes and is often used as a party drug.
According to California Health and Safety §11000, the mere
possession of cocaine can be punished by time in state prison for two to four years. If the offender had more in their possession than would be used for individual use, the penalties will increase. Sale to minors under eighteen could be punished by up to seven years in prison and sale to school children up to nine years. Not only that, but if the sale was in vicinity to a school, church, day care, etc., additional years will be added.
Possession with Intent to Sell
According to the California Health and Safety Code 11351, possession with intent to sell is a more serious narcotics violation than mere possession, but how does law enforcement determine intent? The investigators will evaluate the evidence and look for some "red flags" that could indicate that there was an intent to sell. Listed below are some of those red flags:
- The cocaine was large in quantity
- The cocaine was packaged in such a way that would indicate sale
- Scales used to weigh cocaine before sale
- Large quantities of cash stored at the premises where the cocaine was found
If you were arrested for cocaine possession, a possible defense is that the cocaine was merely for personal use, rather than distribution or sale. Another possible defense is that the investigators unlawfully searched your home or property in order to wrongfully seize evidence. To learn more about the defenses available to you, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from our firm directly.
Contact a Los Angeles drug crime lawyer today!
As state laws are constantly changing, contact a Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney to learn more about your specific case. Our team at Martinian & Associates is looked up to because of our commitment to providing aggressive legal representation to those who were accused of crimes. We offer a
free case evaluation so that you can see how we could help you and are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Let us examine the evidence and create the most strategic defense for you.