Cocaine Possession, Distribution & Sales in Johnson County
Prosecutors often view someone with a cocaine charge more negatively than any other drug. Since cocaine is harder to obtain in Kansas, they view possession and distribution as being more significant, and will often take a harsher stance.
Penalties for Cocaine Possession and Distribution
Possession of Cocaine
Cocaine possession is a Level V felony offense in Kansas, and penalties range between 10 to 42 months imprisonment, depending upon criminal history. Sentencing will trend towards higher severity in situations where the defendant has an extensive criminal record.
Distribution of Cocaine
Distribution of cocaine (or possession with intent to distribute) is also a felony offense, though it has a higher severity level than simple possession. Distribution qualifies as a Level IV to Level I felony offense, depending on the amount in your possession. Penalties can range from 14 months to 204 months imprisonment, depending upon criminal history. In addition, anyone convicted is required to register on a drug offender list for a minimum of 15 years. So the consequences of a conviction can literally impact your entire life.
Fighting Cocaine Charges
Cocaine charges are handled in district court, before one of six different criminal judges in Johnson County. The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office has a unit dedicated to the prosecution of drug crimes.
When fighting charges for cocaine possession or distribution, it’s critical that you work with a defense attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience to help you challenge these charges. Evidence obtained through a search must be evaluated to determine the lawfulness of police conduct and whether that evidence should be admitted in your case.
Schedule a Consultation With an Experienced Johnson County Cocaine Attorney
If you’ve been charged with cocaine possession or distribution, then it’s important that you speak to a Johnson County cocaine attorney to understand the next steps necessary for defending against the charges. Given the fundamentally high-stakes nature of cocaine drug penalties, the quality of your representation can significantly impact the outcome of your case and life.
I’m Jerry Merrill, a criminal defense attorney in Johnson County. Having served as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, I am well-equipped to advocate on your behalf. I understand how to effectively navigate search and seizure laws that can help my clients achieve a positive overall result in their case.
I understand the frustration and anxiety that comes with a serious felony offense. When facing cocaine charges, it’s important to work with an attorney who is committed to your success, and who understands what you are going through. So I provide my personal number to clients and respond to calls and text messages the same day. I also have weekend and evening hours, if needed.
If you want to speak further, please call (913) 815-0705 for a free consultation.