In a previous post, we discussed how the U.S. Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs and other chemicals into five separate classes based on 1) their accepted medical use, and 2) their potential for dependency or abuse.
To recap, those drugs classified as Schedule II drugs are those with an accepted medical use subject to severe restrictions, and a very high potential for both abuse and psychological/physical dependence. Some of the more commonly recognized Schedule II drugs include methamphetamine, methadone, oxycodone and, of course, cocaine.
While much of the news coverage over the last few years has focused on the growing problem with prescription drugs and newer substances like flakka, the fact remains that cocaine is still very much on the radar of not just federal law enforcement agencies, but state and local authorities as well.
Indeed, it’s important to understand that while federal drug charges involving cocaine are incredibly serious, so too are state drug charges involving the substance.
By way of illustration, consider that the mere possession of cocaine is considered a third degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and a maximum of five years in prison under state law.
Given these steep consequences, it’s imperative that if you are facing drug charges related to cocaine — possession, sale, trafficking — that you consider retaining the services of a highly skilled attorney who can build a strong case designed to prove your innocence and uncover any violations of your rights.
Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., has over 30 years of experience handling drug cases and is ready to go to work on your behalf. Rest assured, you are not alone in this fight, and we will fight to protect your freedom and your future.