Drug treatment court may be options for cocaine offense

Drug treatment court may be options for cocaine offense

Anyone who has watched “The Wire” knows that cocaine trafficking in Baltimore is prevalent and the focus of many hours of work in the Baltimore Police Department. In real life, the story is about the same. Drug crimes centered around cocaine are common and law enforcement continues the battle of trying to get it off the streets.

The penalties for cocaine possession can be stiff. For example, should someone be convicted of being a “drug kingpin,” then he or she could be sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Subsequent convictions for bringing 28 grams or more into Maryland could result in up to 50 years in prison and a fine of $100,000. As you can see, sentencing on some cocaine charges can be severe.

At The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, LLC, we understand that in many cases, the possession of cocaine results from an addiction to the substance. In some situations, drug treatment court may be an option. If accepted into the drug treatment court, the defendant will be supervised with structured, intensive treatment programs. The court carefully monitors the progress of the defendant throughout the treatment programs. Should the defendant relapse during the program, there will be an enhanced sentence handed down.

Not all defendants charged with cocaine offenses will qualify for drug treatment courts. However, if you want to participate in such a program, we can help you determine if you are eligible.

To learn more about cocaine charges and your possible defense options, please take a look at our webpage on the topic.

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