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Crack cocaine is considered to be the most addictive form of cocaine. It is a freebase form of this illegal drug which is normally consumed through smoking. In the State of New York, possession or trafficking of crack cocaine is a serious crime that is covered under Schedule II narcotic.

The State laws in New York punishes offenders found to be in possession of crack cocaine according to a Schedule that arranges them in seven different degrees. The seriousness of this crime is reason enough for you to seek the legal assistance from a Brooklyn crack cocaine possession & trafficking lawyer.

Punishment for possession and trafficking of crack cocaine

As stated above, the criminal justice system in New York punishes perpetrators of this crime depending on the degree under which the crime falls. Here we highlight and explain the seven degrees:

• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 7th degree- if you are arrested possessing less than 5000mg of cocaine, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 7th degree, which is classified as a Class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty not exceeding one year in prison.
• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 5th degree- if you have been arrested possessing cocaine weighing 500mg or more, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 5th degree, which is a class D felony that is punishable by a jail term of between one to two and a half years. Second-time offenders risk being sentenced to serve up to 4 years in jail or four and a half years if the previous conviction was for a violent offense
• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 4th degree- if you have been arrested possessing cocaine weighing 1/8 of an ounce or more, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 4th degree, which is a class C felony that is punishable by a jail term of between one to five years. Second-time offenders risk being sentenced to serve up to 8 years in jail or nine years if the previous conviction was for a violent offense.
• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 3rd degree- if you have been arrested possessing cocaine weighing 1/2 of an ounce or more, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 3rd degree, which is a class B felony that is punishable by a jail term of between one to nine years. Second-time offenders risk being sentenced to serve up to 12 years in jail or 15 years if the previous conviction was for a violent offense.
• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 2nd degree- if you have been arrested possessing cocaine weighing 4 ounces or more, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 2nd degree, which is a class A-II felony that is punishable by a jail term of between three to ten years. Second-time offenders risk being sentenced to serve up to 14 years in jail or 17 years if the previous conviction was for a violent offense.
• Criminal possession of cocaine in the 1st degree- if you have been arrested possessing cocaine weighing 8 ounces or more, you are likely to be charged for possession in the 1st degree, which is a class A-I felony that is punishable by a jail term of between 8 to 20 years. Second-time offenders risk being sentenced to serve up to 24 years in jail or 30 years if the previous conviction was for a violent offense.

In sum, whether you are a repeat offender or a first-time offender, you really need to get a good crack cocaine possession & trafficking lawyer who will help you with your case.

Defenses for the case

A good lawyer will look at your case from all legal angles and ensure that you were rightfully arrested. The lawyer will seek to establish whether the evidence was collected in a lawful manner failure to which he or she might argue your case based on that illegality and get the case dropped. Additionally, your lawyer can persuade the judge not to send you to jail but instead send you to a rehab for rehabilitation and treatment.

Your case stands a better chance of working in your favor when you decide to work with an experienced crack cocaine possession & trafficking. Contact us today for free consultation.

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