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What are the penalties for cocaine possession in New Hampshire?

As with all drug offenses, the answer to this question depends upon factors such as the location where the defendant was arrested. For example, in New Hampshire, defendants may receive harsher sentences if arrested for possession of cocaine within 1,000 of a school zone. Unlike marijuana possession, which usually incurs minor penalties, cocaine-related charges typically result in much more severe sentences regardless of the area in which the arrest was made.

Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means its potential for abuse is very high. This Schedule classification also means abuse of the substance might cause either severe physical dependence or severe psychological dependence. Substances classified as Schedule II often carry harsh penalties, and cocaine is no exception in most states.

A Class B felony, first offense cocaine possession in New Hampshire typically means paying a fine of up to $25,000. Additional offenses for cocaine possession are Class A felonies, meaning defendants could have to pay up to $50,000 in fines. These kind of drug charges could also result in time in jail, depending upon the seriousness of the charges. Trafficking or distribution of cocaine almost always leads to lengthy prison sentences as well as hefty fines.

It is difficult to fight serious drug charges without the help of a legal team. An attorney's role and overall goal is to help defendants receive less severe penalties such as reduced or eliminated jail time and even lower fine amounts. If you have been arrested for possession, distribution or trafficking of cocaine, a lawyer can provide valuable assistance in building a solid defense for your case.

Source: Franklin Pierce University, "State of New Hampshire Laws" Oct. 07, 2014

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