Cocaine Charges in Houston: Penalties and Defense

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Texas comes down hard on any drug crime offenders, and the harshest penalties are reserved for offenses that include Penalty Group 1 controlled substances. Cocaine is a substance that belongs to this very group. Possessing even the smallest trace of cocaine is a felony. Cocaine possession charges can even lead to life sentences in prison. These charges mean that you are looking at time in prison, hefty fines, and then life as a convicted felon. If you face any drug charges that involve cocaine, then you are in need of serious defense. You need the best drug crime lawyer in Houston that you can find. With Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law, you can find the aggressive defense you need.

The Penalties for Cocaine Possession in Texas

If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, then you might be found near fractional amounts of cocaine. This could be enough to land you a state jail felony charge. Possession of less than one gram of cocaine can entail 180 days to 2 years in jail. As with any cocaine possession charge, you could be fined up to $10,000. If you are found with 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of the controlled substance, then the third degree felony charge could lead to 2 to 10 years in prison plus fines. A second degree felony charge would come your way for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of cocaine. Two hundred grams is about a mere 7 ounces. This is enough to land you with 2 to 20 years in prison and with thousands of dollars in fines.

If you are charged with possessing 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams, you are being charged with a first degree felony. Not only does this carry the potential for 5 to 99 years in prison, but you could get a life sentence flat out. Four hundred grams is less than 1 pound. If the charge is one of possessing 400 grams or more of cocaine, the minimum sentence is bumped up to 10 years in prison. The maximum fine becomes $100,000. The penalties for possession of cocaine in Houston are steep, life-changing penalties. You need a successful drug crime lawyer at your side to help ensure that you do not suffer from an undeserved conviction.

The Penalties for Selling Cocaine in Houston

The punishments for selling or manufacturing cocaine are all the more severe. If the cocaine is packaged a certain way, or is assumed to be too much for personal use only, then your possession charge could turn into a charge of possession with intent to sell. The penalties for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in Houston are the same as the penalties for trafficking cocaine. If you are charged with delivering less than 1 gram of cocaine in Houston, you are looking at a state jail felony charge. This means 180 days to 2 years in jail. All but aggravated cocaine trafficking charges can entail up to $10,000 in fines.

The penalties for manufacturing cocaine in Houston become the punishments for a second degree felony when the charge involves 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams. This carries a sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison. For delivering 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of cocaine in Houston, you would face the penalties of a first degree felony. You could be sentenced to 5 to 99 years in prison, or you could receive a life sentence. The minimum prison sentence is increased when you are charged with distributing 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams of cocaine. The minimum sentence is 10 years in prison, and the maximum fine becomes $100,000. Trafficking 400 grams or more of cocaine means at least 15 years in prison, and holds the potential for up to $250,000 in fines. Four hundred grams is only 14.1 ounces. With such serious penalties on the line, you cannot afford to be with less than the best legal representation possible. You do not have to get a life sentence to suffer the harshest consequences. The worst penalty you might face is that of having a felony on your personal record.

What does it mean to be a convicted felon in Houston?

One of the most severe penalties for possession or manufacturing of cocaine in Houston is that of becoming a convicted felon. This can bar the door to numerous opportunities, not limited to a getting a loan, a good job, or even a decent place to live. Bankers, employers, and landlords are only some of the people who can see your criminal record. If you are a convicted felon, this can also get in the way of a college education, and it can cut off immigration opportunities as well. With all the penalties you face for a false cocaine charge, you need a successful drug crime lawyer in Houston.

Looking for an experienced Houston drug crime lawyer?

Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law has more than 15 years of experience. He has even spent years as a prosecutor. This prosecution experience means that he is fully versed in how the other attorneys in a trial will work. As a Houston criminal lawyer, he can anticipate their actions, and he understands their tactics. This combined with his ability and passion has led to a resounding success rate when he defends his clients. He understands that plenty of people end up with undeserved charges and harsh penalties. He never wants to see this happen to his clients. When you need experience on your side, you can rely on Mr. Morasch. He was named one of Houston's Top Lawyers five years in a row by H Texas Magazine. To learn what he can do for you, fill out a free case evaluation. Do not wait to call Mark Morasch. He can be reached 24 hours, 7 days a week. Get started on a tenacious defense of your charges today!

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