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Cocaine is a Schedule II illegal narcotic, which means it is a drug that is highly addictive and abused; the criminal penalties in Michigan for a conviction on cocaine-related charges are extremely severe. East Lansing criminal defense lawyer Nicholas Leydorf fights vigorously on behalf of clients arrested or charged with cocaine possession or possession with intent to deliver, working to protect your freedom and minimize the damage to your life. Whether you have been charged with simple possession or dealing, trafficking, or otherwise selling or distributing cocaine, you must take action now to protect your legal rights, reputation, and freedom.
Cocaine or "coke" is one of the most popular drugs in the U.S., including in Michigan. As an experienced and compassionate Ingham County drug crime defense attorney, Nicholas Leydorf realizes the importance of treatment for individuals who struggle with addiction to cocaine, rather than placing them in already over-crowded prisons. Whether you have been wrongly accused or are guilty of the accusations against you, obtain the support and guidance of a lawyer who is dedicated to securing the best possible outcome.Michigan Criminal Penalties for Cocaine Possession and Possession with Intent to Deliver
Using cocaine is a misdemeanor offense in Michigan; possession of cocaine is a felony offense which could leave you facing fines ranging between $25,000 and $1 million along with between four years and life in prison, depending on the amount of cocaine involved and past criminal history. Even if you possess a relatively small amount of cocaine, for example less than 50 grams, you could be sentenced to four years in jail and/or a maximum fine of $25,000.
Possession with intent to deliver cocaine is much more serious and resulting in criminal penalties that are far-reaching. If it is determined you intended to distribute, manufacture, deliver, or sell less than 50 grams of cocaine or any mixture containing crack or cocaine, you could face a $25,000 fine in addition to up to 20 years in prison. If more than 1 kilogram is involved, the maximum penalties include a fine of up to $1 million along with up to life in prison.
As you can see, the criminal penalties are extremely serious and life-changing. A conviction could result in the ruin of your reputation, career, and relationships, not to mention the loss of your freedom.Contact Lansing Criminal Defense Attorney Nicholas Leydorf Now
When facing serious drug charges, it is critical you take action as quickly as possible. It may be possible in the earliest stages to avoid charges being filed; if you have already been charged, we will work vigorously to secure an acquittal, or have charges against you reduced. There are numerous legal options that may work to your advantage. Contact us now at (517)388-6800 for exceptional legal guidance and representation.