Since cocaine is a Schedule I narcotic, Idaho law imposes harsh penalties on those who are convicted of possession, sale or trafficking of the drug. Persons arrested on cocaine charges could face many years in prison. However, defendants remain innocent until proven guilty and there may be ways to address the charges.
Idaho laws and cocaine
Anyone interested in researching Idaho’s laws related to cocaine may review Idaho Statutes 37-2701. The law stipulates that possession of cocaine is a felony in the state, and possession of 27 grams or less could result in a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of $15,000. Those penalties double with subsequent offenses. Also, when the amount is 28 grams or more, the charge becomes trafficking.
Those arrested and convicted of selling cocaine face felony charges and could spend up to life in prison and a fine of $25,000 — penalties double with subsequent offenses. Trafficking brings the most severe sentences, and the sentencing becomes harsher when the trafficker has possession of substantial amounts. Persons convicted of trafficking more than 400 grams face a minimum of ten years imprisonment up to a maximum of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $100,000.
Defenses to cocaine charges
A criminal defense strategy could address cocaine charges in numerous ways based on individual circumstances. In some situations, the police may lack probable cause when performing a stop, or they might not procure a necessary warrant to perform a search.
The defendant may prove they did not possess the cocaine the police and prosecution claim is theirs. Ultimately, there are numerous ways to defend the charges based on the facts.