The international community recognizes the inherent social ills associated with cocaine use and governments around the world work hard to punish those responsible for bringing this drug into their communities. Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant; it is also experiencing a growing resurgence amongst social drug users. This is a hard drug and the penalties for cocaine possession are heavy. If you have been charged with cocaine possession, you will need a criminal defense lawyer to present your case in court.
Cocaine Possession Penalties?
The maximum penalty for cocaine possession is up to 7-years in prison. The punishments for anyone who contravenes Section 4(3) of the the Controlled drugs and Substances Act, by obtaining narcotics listed in Schedule 1 (predominately opium, codeine, morphine, thebaine, cocaine, etc) are severe.
You would be charged in contravention of this subsection by carrying cocaine, defined as coca (Erythroxylon), its preparations, derivatives, alkaloids and salts, including:
(1) Coca leaves (2) Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) (3) Ecgonine (3–hydroxy–2–tropane carboxylic acid)
If you are found guilty of cocaine possession:
- It is an indictable offence and you are liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7-years; or
- Are guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable for a first offence, to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6-months, or to both,
- If this is a subsequent offence, you will receive a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1-year, or to both.
Contact Our Drug Lawyers for Cocaine Possession
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