Drug Crimes: Cocaine Possession

Drug Crimes: Cocaine Possession

Cocaine Possession - Drug Crimes - Attorneys


Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a stimulant, an appetite suppressant, and a topical anesthetic. Cocaine is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the United States (behind marijuana). Because of the extensive processing it undergoes during preparation, cocaine is generally treated as a 'hard drug', with severe penalties for possession and trafficking. It is illegal to possess, grow, or distribute cocaine for non-medicinal and non-government-sanctioned purposes in almost every country.

Cocaine Possession

Utah Code §58-37-8(2)(b)(ii)


3rd degree felony.


A defendant commits a 3rd degree felony possession of cocaine, when they knowingly and intentionally possess or use a cocaine analog or cocaine, unless it was obtained under a valid prescription or order, directly from a practitioner while acting in the course of the person's professional practice.


3rd degree felony: A fine not to exceed $5,000, plus a 90% surcharge.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-301(a)(b), Utah Code Ann. §51-9-401)


The court may order the accused to pay restitution if convicted of this crime.
(Utah Code Ann. §77-38a-301)


3rd degree felony: A term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-203(3))


A defendant convicted of a 3rd degree felony cocaine possession may not posses, use or have control of a firearm or ammunition for life.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-10-503, 18 U.S.C. §921-930)

DNA Specimen Analysis

A defendant convicted of a 3rd degree felony cocaine possession must provide a DNA specimen.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-10-403(2))

Driver License

Utah's Driver License Division will immediately suspend for 6 months the license of a person upon receiving a record of a conviction for possession of cocaine.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-3-220(c))

Seizure, Forfeiture, Property Rights

Possession of cocaine subjects the defendant seizure and forfeiture in accordance with the procedures and substantive protections of Utah Uniform Forfeiture Procedures Act. This means that defendant's car, land, house, belongings, and money can be seized by the State of Utah.
(Utah Code Ann. §58-37-13)

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