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Tampa Cocaine Possession & Distribution Attorney

Criminal charges for cocaine possession and distribution are some of the most common federal drug offenses. If you have been charged, it is critical that you speak to a Tampa cocaine possession & distribution attorney who can build a strong defense for your case. Not only can a conviction for cocaine possession and distribution result in a sentence served in federal prison, but there are other consequences, as well. You may lose custody of your child, or lose your professional license. The only way to avoid these consequences is to have a strong defense.

Penalties for Cocaine Possession and Distribution

Simple possession of cocaine is defined as possessing cocaine intended for personal use and without the intent to distribute. A simple possession charge can result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a maximum of one year in federal prison. When a person is convicted of possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine, the crime is punishable by a minimum of five years in federal prison.

When a person distributes, or plans to distribute, cocaine, the penalties are much more severe. A conviction can result in a fine up to $10 million, and a person could face life in prison. Even minimum sentences for cocaine distribution include at least ten years in federal prison.

Defenses Against Cocaine Charges

Facing cocaine charges is very scary, particularly when they are on the federal level. Fortunately, there are many defenses available that can help you beat your charges. Some of the most common defenses to cocaine possession and distribution are as follows:

  • Entrapment: Entrapment is a very misunderstood defense. It occurs when a law enforcement officer encourages someone to commit a crime. Being involved in a criminal case while undercover is not enough to constitute entrapment. In order for entrapment to occur, the officer must convince someone to commit a criminal offense that they would not have without the officer’s interference.
  • The drug was not yours: A cocaine possession and distribution lawyer may argue that the drugs were not yours, essentially arguing that you did not commit the crime. This defense is especially effective when a group of people are being charged for the same scheme.
  • Unlawful search and seizure: Cocaine charges are often laid after law enforcement has conducted a search and seizure. Law enforcement officers and agencies must follow specific procedures when conducting a search, such as obtaining a warrant. When proper procedure was not followed, any evidence obtained is inadmissible. Without that evidence against you, the federal prosecutor’s case could be quite weak.
  • Missing drugs: Typically, the prosecution must present the drugs in question to show that it still exists and was not falsified. If the prosecution cannot present the drugs, it could serve as a defense.

Our Cocaine Possession and Distribution Lawyer Can Provide the Defense You Need

If you have been federally charged with a cocaine crime, you need a solid defense. At OA Law Firm, our Tampa cocaine possession and distribution attorney can provide it so you have the best chance of avoiding the harsh consequences of a conviction. Call us now or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation.

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