Facing any type of criminal drug charge can take a toll on a person’s life. If you recently found yourself under arrest because police officers and investigators suspected you of having connection to activities involving cocaine, you undoubtedly want to know how the details of the situation will influence your charges and the case overall.
In Mississippi, the amount of a substance allegedly discovered by police can affect the type and severity of the chargesyou face. Similarly, the amount could affect the potential consequences that come along with the charges deemed appropriate in relation to the amount of cocaine that authorities suspect you possessed.
Charges for possession
If authorities suspect you of drug possession, you could face any of the following charges depending on the details of the situation:
- If investigators found less than 0.1 grams of cocaine, you could face a misdemeanor charge that could come with a penalty of less than one year in jail in the event of a conviction.
- Felony charges apply for an amount between 0.1 and 2 grams, and a maximum of three years in jail is a possibility after a conviction.
- Two to 10 grams can also lead to a felony charge with more serious possible consequences, including up to eight years in jail.
- Ten to 30 grams could put you at risk of three to 20 years in jail if convicted of this felony possession charge.
The possible charges relating to the amount allegedly in possession do not stop there.
Charges for trafficking
If officers find over 30 grams of cocaine, you will face a felony charge for drug trafficking. This is often considered the most serious drug charge, and as you likely suspect, it comes with some of the most steep penalties, including jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. In fact, a minimum sentence of 10 years applies for a drug trafficking conviction, and life in prison is a possibility.
Creating a defense
Felony drug charges are nothing to take lightly. If you are facing these types of allegations, you likely understand just how serious your ordeal is. Fortunately, you can take the time to thoroughly assess your circumstances and work to find the best defense options for your specific case. You may also find it useful to contact an experienced attorney who could help you determine your legal options and assist you throughout your case.