Cocaine Charges in Houston: Penalties and Defense
Arrested? Retain a trusted Houston cocaine lawyer!
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
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
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
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
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