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Being in possession of cocaine is illegal, thus resulting in prison time, fines, and a drug conviction on your criminal record. If you or a loved one has been accused of possessing, distributing, trafficking, or even manufacturing cocaine, the prison time could potentially be long and the fines very high.

Mankato Cocaine Defense Lawyer

The laws that govern cocaine-related crimes and other offenses involving controlled substances are very strict, so it is important to be properly represented by a Mankato drug crimes attorney who is focused and knows the law.

Experience Fighting Cocaine Charges

  • Cocaine possession – Even the slightest amount of cocaine in possession can end in a criminal conviction. Cocaine for personal use may not end in prison, but it can come with other penalties, such as community service and entering into a drug treatment program.
  • Possession with the intent to distribute – This is considered a felony and will result in a prison sentence if convicted.
  • Cocaine distribution near a school or distribution to a minor – Again, this can result in time in prison.
  • Cocaine distribution – If you are caught selling or distributing cocaine in any way, you could serve several years in prison if convicted.

The offense is serious, it is prosecuted as such, and this means the penalties can be serious. Because a cocaine offense can cross state lines, it could also become a federal matter and that means even more aggressive prosecution and stricter penalties.

Achieving The Best Result

Because cocaine offenses are handled in a very aggressive way, possession of just 1 ounce can be charged as a felony. You could serve anywhere from many hours of community service to many years in prison. It simply depends on the factor in your case, such as whether or not you have a past criminal history, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, whether or not the drug was being distributed, whether or not the distribution occurred to minors, where the distribution happened, whether anyone was killed or injured during the act, who the judge is over the case, the quantity of the drug, and whether the drug was crack cocaine or regular cocaine. You and your southern Minnesota drug crimes attorney will work together to show the facts in the case so that you can be given options that have a more positive impact on your future than if you simply accepted the charges and the maximum penalties that come with them.

Contact A Mankato Drug Crimes Attorney

If you have been accused of possessing, selling, trafficking, or manufacturing cocaine, the charge doesn’t mean that it is the end of the road for you. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or, if there is merit to the charges, the offense is not as serious as the charge. You have rights and options and it is very important that you are protected and receive the representation that you deserve.


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