Penalties for drug crimes can be costly. The charges are based upon quantity, intent to distribute or sell as well as other factors. The severity and punishment for drug crimes typically depend upon the quantity of the drug, its classification under the drug schedule and the purpose for possession. There are several defenses to drug crimes. Often an accusation of drug possession occurs after an illegal search or seizure or the use of an undercover cop’s buy and bust operation. If appropriate police procedures were not followed or if your rights were violated your case may be dismissed. There are also doctrines of “usable quantities” of illegal drugs, which often applies to cocaine. The concept of this doctrine is if minute particles are found, it should not be a basis for conviction if it isn’t enough to get high.