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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

COCAINE CHARGES

The Salt Lake City law firm Intermountain Legal provides exceptional criminal defense representation to clients charged with drug crimes in Utah, including cocaine possession and distribution.

Cocaine Use in Utah

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that maintains popularity across a wide demographic in Utah and nationwide. In its powder form, cocaine (also referred to as "coke" or "blow") is usually associated with a glamorous 24-hour party lifestyle. The development of "crack" cocaine (or "rock"), a smokeable, lower purity form of freebase cocaine, introduced the substance to a generally poorer inner-city market.

Potential Penalties for Cocaine Possession & Distribution

Under the Utah Controlled Substances Act, cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug. Possession of a Schedule II drug may be charged as a third degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. In certain situations, however, a cocaine possession charge can be elevated. For example, if you have a prior conviction for distribution or manufacturing and are now facing a possession charge, you may face second degree felony charges punishable by one to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. In the most serious cases, cocaine distribution may result in a first degree felony charge, carrying a sentence of five years to life in prison and possible fines up to $10,000.

Despite these sentencing guidelines, there are many ways to fight a drug possession or distribution charge, or at least minimize potential consequences, for example:

  • Reasonable Suspicion - Law enforcement must have reasonable suspicion of a crime before detaining someone. We will examine the circumstances surrounding your arrest, specifically looking at what led police to suspect you had cocaine in your possession.
  • Probable Cause - Law enforcement must have probable cause to search you or your car for cocaine or other drugs. We will thoroughly analyze all available evidence, such as witness testimony, police reports, and surveillance footage, to determine if police had sufficient cause to search you or your vehicle.
  • Negotiating Charges - We understand how to successfully negotiate with the prosecution when it is in our client's best interests. Through negotiation, our attorneys have achieved elimination or reduction of charges, fines, or prison sentences in numerous cases.
  • Rehabilitation & Alternative Sentencing - In many situations, Utah's drug courts support rehabilitation rather than punishment. We help our clients take advantage of sentencing alternatives, such as drug counseling, diversion programs, or home detention.

At Intermountain Legal, we are well versed in all aspects of Utah's drug laws, ensuring that our clients have the best chance of achieving optimal results even when faced with the most serious cocaine-related charges.

Seek Experienced, Dedicated Representation

If you have been charged with cocaine possession or distribution, please contact Intermountain Legal today for a free initial consultation. An experienced criminal defense attorney will provide valuable insight into your case, helping you protect your rights and your future.

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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.