Experienced DuPage County Cocaine Defense Attorney
Cocaine-related crimes are very serious matters in the State of Illinois. Whether you are charge with drug possession, drug possession with intent to deliver or any other type of drug charge, you will be facing a felony if cocaine is involved. At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, we are highly experienced in handling drug charges of all kinds and offer clients aggressive criminal defenses. We fight for our clients’ rights and records and vigorously pursue the best possible outcome in every case.
Penalties for Cocaine Possession
Possession of cocaine is the most common cocaine-related crime. If the crime involves less than 15 grams, it is classified as a Class 4 felony. The maximum sentence for a conviction in a Class 4 felony is 3 years in prison, but in most cases the sentence is less than a year. For first time offenders, a suspended sentence and probation is common.
Larger quantities of cocaine are subject to stiffer penalties as follows:
- 15 to 100 grams can result in 4 to 15 years in prison
- 100 to 400 grams can result in 6 to 30 years in prison
- 400 to 900 grams can result in 8 to 40 years in prison
- Greater than 900 grams can result in 10 to 50 years in prison
Additionally, you will also face fines if convicted, which are often equivalent to the street value of the cocaine in your possession.
Defending Against Cocaine Possession
The type of defense strategy we will employ will depend on the circumstances of your arrest. In some cases, the seizure of the cocaine may have been done illegally, and we can make Constitutional arguments to have the evidence against you suppressed. In other cases there may be evidence that the cocaine did not belong to you. Our attorneys will work with you to determine the best way to make your case.
If together we determine that a plea agreement is the best option, our attorneys are skilled negotiators experienced in helping secure favorable sentences for our clients. We will seek plea deals that will minimize or eliminate jail time wherever possible.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a cocaine-related crime, we can provide the legal representation you need to get through the criminal system. Our firm has successfully represented clients throughout DuPage County for over 25 years. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.