Mississippi Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug Charges: Cocaine
Cocaine is considered to be a powerfully addictive stimulant drug. As a
powdered hydrochloride salt form, it can be snorted or dissolved in water
and injected directly into the blood stream. Crack is the street name
for cocaine that has been processed to make rock crystal. When rock crystal
is heated, it produces vapors that are smoked. Crack received its name
because of the crackling should produced when the rock is heated. If you
have been arrested for possessing cocaine, you should contact a Mississippi
criminal defense attorney from
Miller Law Firm, PLLC right away.
Cocaine can enter the human body in three different ways: by snorting,
injecting, and smoking. Snorting consists of inhaling cocaine powder through
the nose, where it is then absorbed in the bloodstream through the nasal
tissues. With injection, the drug is inserted directly into the bloodstream
using a needle.
Smoking is the action of inhaling the cocaine vapor or smoke into the lungs
where the absorption into the bloodstream is as fast as injection through
a needle. Cocaine is a highly addictive controlled substance which can
cause a host of serious health problems, including increasing the risk
of contracting HIV/AIDS among other infectious diseases.
Adverse Effects of Cocaine
Abusing cocaine has a variety of adverse effects on the human body. Cocaine
causes the blood vessels to constrict, the pupils to dilate, it increases
body temperature, it increases heart rate, and blood pressure. Because
cocaine decreases appetite, chronic users become malnourished as well.
Injecting cocaine can cause severe allergic reactions, nose bleeds, and
other blood-borne diseases. Cocaine abusers typically experience severe
paranoia, a temporary state of paranoid psychosis (with auditory and hallucinations),
and with frequent use they can experience heart attack, or stroke which
can lead to sudden death.
Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyer
Due to its highly addictive properties, cocaine is a Schedule I drug. Possession
for cocaine is a felony offense in the state of Mississippi. Penalties
for possession of cocaine vary depending on the quantity of the drug and
your criminal history (if any). For example, punishment for less than
.1 gram is up to 4 years in prison and /or a $10,000 fine, whereas, punishment
for less than 2 grams is punishable by incarceration ranging from 2 to
8 years and/or a $50,000 fine.
If you were arrested for any drug crime, we highly suggest you contact
our firm immediately. Often times drug cases may include evidence that
was obtained as a result of an illegal search or seizure, or other questionable
evidence. We will closely examine the evidence against you and the police
conduct. If possible, we will seek the suppression of any evidence that
was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights.
Arrested for cocaine possession? If so,
contact a Mississippi drug crime attorney to start planning your defense – call today!