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JAIL TIME FOR COCAINE Charges in Orange County

Although not nearly as popular as it once was, cocaine related drug offenses still carry stiff penalties in California. The plant derived illegal substance cocaine is a stimulant that speeds up all body functions. Known on the street as coke, blow, crack, rock or snow, if you are found to be in possession of this substance in Orange County, California you could be facing serious jail time.

Facing charges for cocaine? Contact our drug defense lawyers for a free case evaluation.

Distinctions between possession, sales, and manufacturing are very important when identifying how long a person might spend in jail for cocaine-related offenses.

Possession

To be found guilty of possessing cocaine, or any controlled substance, in the state of California a prosecutor must be able to prove that either the drug was directly on your person or that you were able to control it. It must have been a usable amount of the substance and they will also need to provide evidence that you knew of its presence.

This is a felony crime with a prison sentence of 16 months to 3 years in addition to fines, which can go as high as $20,000 if convicted. Depending on your prior criminal history and other mitigating factors, the simple possession of cocaine conviction can be dismissed if a California drug diversion program is completed successfully.

First time offenders may be ordered to serve probation with restrictions such as random narcotic testing and mandatory involvement in a narcotic treatment program if found guilty. Depending on the success of the probation, they may also qualify to have the offense expunged.

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