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 & Miller Attorneys at Law, 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 affects 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!