Cocaine Possession Penalties

“Possession” here means mere possession and not “possession with the intent to distribute.” Possession with the intent to distribute is a completely different criminal charge and carries different and harsher punishments.

Less than five grams

This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six months to a year
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $2,500
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license

Five to 9 grams

This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license

Ten to 19 grams

This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license

Twenty to 26 grams

This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license

Twenty-seven to 99 grams

This is a felony of the first degree, and carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of three to 11 years
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license

One hundred grams or more

This is a felony of the first degree, and if convicted, you will be considered a major drug offender. It carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of 11 years
  • A fine ranging from $10,000 to $20,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years, with
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license