Los Angeles Cocaine Possession Attorney
Contacting a Los Angeles drug crime attorney is one of the first and most important steps you should take if you have been arrested for cocaine possession or any drug offense. This is a serious matter. Possession of any amount of cocaine is a felony, and you may face imprisonment in state prison and other penalties if you are convicted. Though you may qualify for alternative sentencing, you may have little to no chance of avoiding incarceration if you forgo legal counsel – not to mention the fact that there is always the possibility of avoiding a conviction or having your charges dismissed altogether.
Penalties for Cocaine Possession
Cocaine possession is a felony offense in California. Health & Safety Code 11350 HS makes simple possession of cocaine or cocaine base a crime punishable by up to 3 years in state prison. It does not matter if the defendant was not under the influence of the drug at the time of his or her arrest – only that cocaine was in his or her immediate possession or on his or her property and that he or she knew of its presence.
Although the penalty for cocaine possession is up to 3 years in state prison, a defendant may qualify for drug diversion or deferred entry of judgment under Proposition 36.
Drug Crime Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA
With my understanding of drug charges and cocaine possession in particular, I know how to seek the best possible outcome for a client. I know what penalties may be imposed and how to negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to seek a viable plea bargain if this is the best solution. I also know how to fight to the end on a client’s behalf to prove his or her innocence or seek a dismissal of all charges whenever possible. I represent clients in the greater Los Angeles area and have been doing so for more than 25 years.
Contact Los Angeles cocaine possession defense lawyer Robert Michael Helfend today to find out what can be done to challenge your charges or arrest.