Crack and Base Cocaine and Firearm Charges

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California crack or base cocaine charges carry harsh consequences, and factors called sentencing enhancements can increase those repercussions even more. One possible source of sentencing enhancements in California crack or cocaine base cases is the possession or use of firearms.

If you’re facing a California cocaine base or crack case involving a gun enhancement, you need a knowledgeable drug defense lawyer fighting for your freedom. A top California drug attorney from The Kavinoky Law Firm will do everything possible to fight both your underlying drug charge and any firearm sentencing enhancements.

The prosecutor must prove your guilt in both the underlying crack or cocaine base charge and any firearm enhancements if the court is to impose the additional sentencing enhancement. You cannot be punished for a firearm enhancement if you are not convicted of the underlying crack cocaine offense.

The following sentencing enhancements involving guns can be included in a California cocaine base or crack case:

Section Number Enhancement Sentence 11550e 11550 (under the influence) while in personal possession (including passenger compartment of vehicle) Misdemeanor or 16-2-3 11370.1 11350 while armed with a loaded, operable firearm 2-3-4
No diversion or deferred entry of judgment PC 12022c 11351.5 or 11352 (or attempt) while armed with a firearm (loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable) Full consecutive 3-4-5 12022a Armed with a firearm (loaded or unloaded) during the commission of any felony Add one year

Fortunately, your defense lawyer can mount an aggressive defense to both a firearm enhancement and your underlying cocaine base or crack charge. One possible strategy that your defense lawyer may use is a motion to suppress evidence. If investigators didn’t follow the proper protocol when gathering evidence against you, it may be inadmissible.

To learn more about comprehensive defenses to crack cocaine charges and firearms enhancements, please contact an experienced California drug lawyer from The Kavinoky Law Firm today at 1.800.NO.CUFFS for a free consultation.

Darren Kavinoky
Darren Kavinoky
Founder at 1-800-NoCuffs
Darren Kavinoky is the founder of 1.800.NoCuffs–The Kavinoky Law Firm and is known as an award-winning criminal defense attorney.

The American Trial Lawyers Association has named him one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California” each year since 2007. Los Angeles magazine has identified Darren as a “SuperLawyer” every year since 2010. Darren received an “AV Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell (a peer review ranking that signals the highest level of professional excellence and ethics); a perfect 10.0 Rating by (an independent attorney ranking site), and many other accolades.