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Leveling up not a benefit when it comes to cocaine distribution

Though many Kansas residents hope to see their lives move in a positive direction, unexpected difficulties can arise. You could have experienced a sudden turn of events that led you down a challenging path, and at the end of that path, you may have found yourself facing serious criminal charges for cocaine distribution. Because of the serious nature of such allegations, you likely worry that your life will take a negative turn.

Even when faced with criminal charges, you do not have to immediately accept that you will face detrimental consequences. You have the right to defend against any allegations brought against you. In order to more fully assess your circumstances, you may want to better understand Kansas laws relating to cocaine.

Felony charges

If officers suspect you of possessing or distributing cocaine, you will likely face serious felony charges. When it comes to the sale or trafficking of this Schedule II drug, the severity of the allegations could increase depending on the amount of the substance that authorities allegedly discover at the time of your arrest. The charges could range from a level 4 felony to a level 1 felony, with level 1 being the most serious. The amounts of cocaine associated with each level include:

  • Level 4 - Under 3.5 grams
  • Level 3 - 3.5 up to 100 grams
  • Level 2 - 100 grams up to 1 kilogram
  • Level 1 - 1 kilogram and above

Additionally, you could also face level 1 felony charges if the distribution took place anywhere within 1,000 feet of school property. You could also face intent to distribute charges if you possess 100 grams or more of cocaine.

Defending against distribution charges

Though you may have a variety of options when it comes to defending against the drug-related allegations brought against you, you may want to understand that certain tactics may not prove as useful as you might think. For instance, it may not work to your benefit to claim that you did not know how much cocaine you allegedly had or that you did not know what type of drug you dealt with.

Luckily, you do not have to depend wholly on such strategies. You have the ability to explore your defense options to determine which route may allow you to create the most meaningful presentation. Because dealing with felony cocaine distribution charges can prove complicated, you may wish to consult with an attorney.

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