Facing Heroin Charges?
Drug Crimes Attorney in Houston
Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is derived from morphine. Morphine
is a natural white substance that is in the seedpod of the Asian poppy
plant. Heroin comes in the form of a white to a brown powder or a tar-like
substance, and it can be smoked in a water pipe or a standard pipe, it
can be mixed in a marijuana joint or a cigarette, it can be inhaled or
smoked through a straw, it can be injected into the vein or muscle, or
snorted as a powder. It is considered a "downer" or depressant
that affects the brain's pleasure systems and it also interferes with
the body's normal ability to perceive pain.
Heroin abuse is a public health problem in the United States, and it is
known to lead to major health problems including miscarriage, collapsed
veins, pneumonia, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses,
cellulites, liver disease, heart infections and death from overdose. What's
more, regular use of the drug can lead to tolerance, meaning users have
to continue taking larger quantities of the drug to experience the same
effect, and at higher doses the body becomes dependent on heroin. Therefore,
when the person abruptly stops taking heroin, they experience withdrawal
symptoms such as restlessness, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea vomiting,
insomnia, kicking movements, cold flashes, and other symptoms.
The withdrawal symptoms generally peak between 48 and 72 hours after the
last dose and subside after about a week. It's important to keep in
mind that sudden withdrawal by a heavily dependent user who is in poor
health can turn fatal.
Are you currently facing charges for heroin in Houston? Be sure to get in contact with Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law as soon as
possible to learn how to obtain the proper defense.
Over a Decade as a Houston Top Criminal Lawyer
Heroin's federal classification is a Schedule I, meaning it is classified
as one of the drugs that have the highest potential for abuse in the United
States. In Texas, controlled substances are covered under the Health and
Safety Code, Title 6. Food, Drugs, Alcohol, and Hazardous Substances,
it is also referred to as the Texas Controlled Substances Act. In Texas,
controlled substances are grouped into categories called penalty groups
divided into Penalty Groups 1 through 4. Under § 481.102, heroin
is classified under Penalty Group 1, meaning it is listed in the most
Under § 481.112, it is illegal for a person to knowingly
possess with the intent to deliver a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 such as heroin. The penalties
under this subsection will depend upon the quantity of the drug, and can
involve up to 99 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
Under § 481.115, it is illegal to possess a drug in Penalty Group
1; possession of heroin can be charged as a state jail felony to a first
degree felony depending upon the amount in possession. A conviction for
possessing heroin can incur up to 99 years in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine.
Contact a Former Prosecutor for Your Defense!
If you are facing felony charges for possessing, manufacturing or delivering
heroin, which is categorized in Penalty Group 1, then you need the assistance
of a highly trained Houston drug crime lawyer. Attorney Mark Morasch is
more than a criminal defense attorney; he is a former prosecutor who was
Houston's Top Lawyers by
H Texas Magazine. As a former prosecutor, he not only knows the system inside and out but
he has developed important relationships with local-area prosecutors and
When facing drug charges of any nature in the state of Texas, you need
to realize that the state works in collaboration with the FBI, the DEA,
and ICE to fight its war on crime. With unlimited resources such as these,
you can't afford a weak or apathetic defense attorney.
Call the firm today for the aggressive representation your drug charges demand!