PCP: Phencyclidine and Drug Charges in Houston

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Phencyclidine, or PCP, is also known as angel dust, embalming fluid, killer weed, and supergrass. It was once used medically in the 1950s, and it was a dissociative anesthetic that induced out-of-body experiences. This stopped, however, when its dangerous side effects were increasingly apparent. Phencyclidine is a hallucinogen that causes delirium and violent moods. The chemical alters brain function. While this can create a high and diminish sensations of pain, it also affects the brain's ability to learn and remember, as well as modifying emotions. PCP produces hazardous blood pressure levels, dangerous heart rates, and labored breathing. The muscle contractions that are caused by PCP have been known to break bones and even cause kidney failure, hyperthermia, or in severe cases, death. The mood swings can cause violent attitudes towards others and even against oneself.

This dangerous drug is a federal Schedule II controlled substance, and a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in Texas, listed with such drugs as cocaine and heroin. Some analogs of this substance are in Penalty Group 2, with the same penalties as ecstasy abuse. This drug can also be taken by accident. Many have unintentionally ingested PCP, as in powder form it can dissolve in water or alcohol. In powder or liquid form, it can be sprinkled over mint, parsley, oregano, as well as tobacco, marijuana, LSD, and meth. If your PCP charge is undeserved, then you cannot afford to live with the consequences. It may be possible to prove that the PCP was not yours, and that you did not know you had taken any of it. To establish this defense, you need to retain a tenacious drug crime lawyer.

Penalties for Possession of PCP

As a Penalty Group 1 substance, the punishments for PCP convictions are among the harshest there are for drug crimes. The minimum charge for possession is already a felony. The type of felony charge depends on the amount you are charged with possessing:

  • Less than one gram is a state jail felony. This can mean 180 days or up to 2 years in jail, plus up to $10,000 in fines.
  • 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams is a third degree felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Four grams or more but less than 200 grams is a second degree felony. According to the discretion of the judge, you can be sentenced from 2 to 20 years in prison and fined up to $10,000.
  • 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams is a first degree felony. This entails at least 5 years in prison, and up to 99 years. This could even lead to a life sentence. There could still be up to $10,000 in fines. Four hundred grams is only 14.1 ounces—less than one pound.
  • 400 grams or more bumps up the minimum sentence to 10 years in prison, and raises the maximum fine to $100,000.

Delivery or Manufacture of PCP: the Potential Penalties

Even a trace amount of PCP can lead to dire consequences, and the manufacture or delivery of PCP is an even more severe offense than possession. If you are charged with the sale, intent to sell, distribution, trafficking, or delivery of PCP, then you are being charged with a felony. Based on how much you are charged with delivering, these are the penalties you could face:

  • Less than 1 gram is only about 0.04 ounces. This can land you with a state jail felony charge, carrying the potential for 180 days to 2 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
  • 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams is less than a full ounce and is already a second degree felony. This means 2 to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams is a first degree felony. The delivery of less than 7 ounces entails 5 to 99 years in prison, or a life sentence. There are still up to $10,000 in fines.
  • 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams is a first degree felony where the minimum sentence is 10 years in prison, and the maximum fine is moved up to $100,000.
  • 400 grams or more is punishable by a minimum 15-year prison sentence, and up to $250,000 in fines.

Unless you clear your name of charges, you would face life as a convicted felon, even after you have served a sentence. This means that a false conviction could follow you everywhere you go. Whenever you apply for a job, a place to live, or a loan, people would be able to see that you were convicted of a felony. This can close many doors for you in life. For this very reason, you need to fight against any mistaken charges and keep them from turning into convictions. The rest of your life is at stake.

Houston Drug Crime Attorney Ready to Battle for You

Attorney Mark Morasch understands that innocent people get charged with serious crimes every day. He also knows how their charges get prosecuted, as he himself is a former prosecutor. What this means is that you could have an experienced advocate on your side who fully understands how to craft a winning defense. When you need a powerhouse defense, you can rely on Mark Morasch. He has over 15 years of distinguished legal experience to put for work to you.

Recognized as one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine for five years in a row, Mark Morasch is an attorney with outstanding legal ability. He is committed to providing every one of his clients with the aggressive defense that they need and deserve. The more time he has to build your case, the stronger it can be. Every second is important in your case, so act now. Fill out a free case evaluation to get started on your case, and contact Mark Morasch today! He is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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