Criminal Laws

What to do if You Are Accused of Cocaine Possession

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Criminal Laws | 1 comment

The penalties for criminal charges vary from state to state, but a criminal conviction whether in Texas or Massachusetts can pose serious hindrances to one’s personal, financial and social life. According to the Houston-based Karen Alexander, Attorney at Law, being accused of a crime in Texas can become an untenable situation unless you have competent and experienced legal representation. The same holds true for any state in the US, so it is in anyone’s best interest to avoid being convicted of any crime, such as cocaine possession.

Cocaine possession is the most serious of drug charges. It is considered a Class A category, keeping company with other controlled or illegal substances such as heroin, methadone, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). To be in mere possession (on a person or in premises controlled by a person) of the smallest amount of cocaine, even if it is just a plastic bag containing trace amounts of it, is enough to be charged with possession of cocaine. For larger amounts, the charges can be elevated to intent to distribute or to supply, which carry much heavier penalties than mere possession.

There are always defense to any criminal charge, including drug possession, but it all depends on how the case is presented that it will be considered by a court of law. In most cases, a competent defense lawyer would prefer that the charges are dropped or dismissed based on lack of evidence, a technical flaw in the arrest, or any circumstances which will cast doubt on the integrity of the evidence available to the prosecution. The dramatics of the court trial seldom go as popularized in television.

A good defense lawyer will stop the charges on its tracks as much as possible, but will be prepared to present a plausible defense in court if necessary. To do this, the lawyer must have the requisite knowledge of the law, the resources to produce the depositions and documents to prove the case, and experience in the court to pull it off. The alternative of engaging an inexperienced lawyer can have far-reaching consequences that may cost a defendant more in the long run.

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