Crack and Base Cocaine Charges

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Crack and Base Cocaine Charges

Unfortunately, California is like many states and the federal government in that it treats crack cocaine offenses far more harshly than powder cocaine. Despite repeated calls for sentencing reform, California continues to mete out unfairly severe punishment to crack or base cocaine offenders.

If you’re charged with a California crack or base cocaine charge, you face extremely serious consequences, and you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer with the skills to aggressively fight your drug charge. An experienced California drug lawyer from The Kavinoky Law Firm has the legal knowledge you need to fiercely fight for your rights and your freedom.

Crack cocaine and base are Schedule I drugs under California Health & Safety Code section 11054 (f) (1)). Crack and base cocaine are illegal to use, possess, sell, possess to sell, manufacture or process, etc. A conviction for these offenses will likely bring prison time and other serious repercussions.

In addition to the underlying charges that can be brought in a California crack or cocaine base case, there are a number of sentencing enhancements that, if proven, can add years to your prison sentence. Possible sentencing enhancements in crack cocaine cases include weight enhancements, prior convictions, guns and firearms, location of crime, and minors.

Fortunately, an experienced California defense attorney can help you aggressively fight your crack and base cocaine charge. One possible defense strategy in a California crack cocaine case is a motion to suppress evidence. Sometimes police don’t follow proper procedures when gathering evidence in drug cases, and if so, it may be suppressed.

You may be eligible for alternative sentencing in your California crack cocaine case that allows you to avoid some or all of a jail or prison sentence. Possible sentencing alternatives in some California drug cases include a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ), Proposition 36, or drug court.

A California crack or base cocaine charge carries enormous consequences, so it’s imperative to have a knowledgeable drug defense lawyer fighting for your freedom. Skilled California defense attorneys from The Kavinoky Law Firm are ready to review your cocaine case and help you determine your next step. Please contact us today for a free consultation.