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Due to the high risk for abuse, physical and psychological dependence, and overdoses, cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. In addition, the laws in New York classify cocaine as a narcotic. The New York Penal Code classifies possession of cocaine as a serious crime, which could result in a prison sentence of twenty years. Furthermore, if an individual is facing criminal charges for cocaine under the New York Penal Code, he or she will also face federal charges for cocaine possession. The penalties for being charged with possession of cocaine in New York are serious, which is why it’s vital to contact a skilled Bronx criminal defense attorney.

New York Cocaine Possession
According to the New York Penal Code, possession of cocaine is in a category of offenses that are in relation to possession of a controlled substance. The charges for a cocaine possession in New York range from a class A misdemeanor to a class A felony, which depends on the amount of cocaine that is found on an individual’s possession.

Seventh Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
When an individual has less than 500 milligrams of the substance on his or her possession, he or she will be charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, which is a class A misdemeanor. Those charged with this offense could face up to one year in jail as stated in New York Penal Code 220.0. Because this charge is the least serious among possession of a controlled substance charges, first time offenders may receive probation instead of a jail sentence.

Fifth Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
If an individual is found with at least 500 milligrams of cocaine on his or her possession, he or she will be charged with fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to New York Penal Code 220.06, an individual convicted of this crime will face a maximum prison sentence of seven years.

Fourth Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
When an individual is found with an 1/8 of an ounce of the substance, he or she will face a fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge, which is a class C felony. New York Penal Code 220.09 states those convicted of this crime will face up to 15 years in prisons.

Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Those who are found with at least 1/2 of an ounce of the substance will be charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. This crime is a class C felony and can lead to maximum prison sentence of 25 years, according to New York Penal Law 220.16.

Second Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Those who are charged with a criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree will have at least four ounces of cocaine on their possession. New York Penal Code 220.18 states this is a class A-II felony that can result in life in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.

First Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
When an individual is found with at least eight ounces of the substance on his or her possession, he or she will be charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree. According to New York Penal Code, 220.21, this is a class A-I felony, which can result in life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.

Federal Cocaine Possession
According to U.S. Title 21 U.S.C 844, an individual who is found with cocaine will face a simple possession charge. If it is an individual’s first conviction, he or she could face a maximum jail sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. Those facing a second conviction will face a prison sentence that ranges from 15 days to two years and a fine of at least $2,500. A third conviction will lead to a prison sentence that ranges from 90 days to three years and a minimum fine of $5,000.

Get Help From a Skilled Bronx Cocaine Possession Attorney
The penalties for cocaine possession are serious, and will leave a lasting mark on an individual’s permanent record. When an individual is facing a cocaine possession charge, it is imperative for him or her to seek help from an defense attorney with experience handling cocaine possession cases.

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