Facing Heroin Charges?

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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.

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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 serious category.

Under § 481.112, it is illegal for a person to knowingly manufacture, deliver, or 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.

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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 included in 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 judges alike.

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!

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