What is the maximum sentence on possession of cocaine? 16 Answers as of October 01, 2012

One ounce on crack cocaine.

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Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
There are many factors involved. What is your criminal history? What are the facts of this particular case. Can't answer without more facts.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 10/1/2012
Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
It depends on whether you are charged with Possession or Possession with Intent to Distribute.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 10/1/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Up to 20 years in Michigan is the maximum for this type of matter.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/28/2012
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
15 years in prison.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/28/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
Strtaight possession could be 3 years in prison possession for sale 5 years prison.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/28/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    In the State of Nevada, an ounce of schedule one controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison. Probation is not available unless the accused provides substantial assistance which is evidence against other drug traffickers usually in the same category of trafficking.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Possible maximum is 60 years in prison. This is for maximum amount found in the State of Illinois.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    This will depend upon the state you live, your prior criminal record and the statute you are charged with. Each state will have differing laws.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    There is more than one type of possession. There is simle possession for one's own use and possession for sale. Penalties run from a drug program to 5 years in state prison. See generall Health and Safety Code sections 11350 and following.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Law Office of Mark Bruce
    Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
    If it's just a straight possession, 3 years in prison (which would be served in a local jail due to new laws). But these days you will first have to go through Prop 36 rehab programs before any jail time is imposed. 3 years is the maximum, for which you asked.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    Depends. If you are a first offender, you may qualify for pre trial intervention, which would result in probation but no jail time.The maximum penalty is 5 years.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    I would need further information to answer such as Federal or state court, your prior record etc.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    Depends whether it is State or Federal, state is 1-4.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Peacock Law Group of the Lowcountry, LLC | Richard Peacock
    In SC, there are a few things on which this depends. One of the main things that comes to mind is whether your charges are federal or state charges? You should seek the advice of a local attorney in regards to this matter.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    For simple possession the maximum is five years. However, Washington has determinate sentencing which means there is a presumptive standard sentencing range. The standard range is calculated based on a combination of one's adult felony history, minus washout convictions, plus the seriousness level of the crime for which you are being sentenced. The court arrives at a standard range of sentence in months. The court sentences within the standard range 99 percent of the time. Ordinarily the court sentences at the mid point of the standard range. For example, on a first-time posession of cocaine, the court can use the First-Time offender option which is 0-90 days. So most courts would sentence 45 days or less. Back when I was a drug prosecutor, the usual first time reccomendation was 35 days in jail with 30 suspended on conditions. The conditions were generally obtain a substance abuse evaluation. Obtain treatment if reccomended. Commit no new criminal law violations and pay legal financial obligations.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/27/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    The sentence will depend on what crime you are charged with, what you are convicted of, your prior criminal record, your age, the city you are in and whether they charge you with possession with intent to sell. It also defends on whether you are in federal or state court. You could be charged with a B Felony that carried anywhere form probation up to 9 years in prison. If you are a dealer with a prior conviction the average sentence is 3 years. You should retain a good criminal lawyer to handle the case and try to get the drugs suppressed on an illegal search and seizure or possibly get a drug program as an alternative to prison.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/27/2012
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