Penalty Group 1 drugs include cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines. According to Texas law, the same section covers the penalties for the knowing manufacture, distribution, sale, delivery, trafficking, and even possession with intent to deliver of a controlled substance. The penalties for manufacturing heroin are the same as the penalties for delivering
cocaine in Houston. That means if there appears to be too much of a drug for just personal use, you could face a charge of possession with intent to deliver. You would face the same penalties as someone who was found trafficking the same amount. Bottom line: whatever charges you face that involve a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, you are looking at felony charges. This is true across the board.
Now what does it mean to be convicted of a felony in Houston? One thing that all felonies have in common is that a conviction means a permanent stain on your record. This criminal record will appear on every background check. Bankers, landlords, and employees are only a few of the people who will be able to see this. Life as a convicted felon holds out a severely diminished future. Whatever drug charges you face, you need a fierce defense. Of course, felony convictions also entail prison time, and there is the potential for fines as well. The jail or prison sentence varies according to the amount of drug found. Here is a rundown of the sentences for knowingly manufacturing a Penalty Group 1 drug:
- Less than 1 gram means 180 days to 2 years in jail, and up to $10,000 in fines. This is a state jail felony.
- 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams is considered a second degree felony. This entails 2 to 20 years' imprisonment, and fines of up to $10,000.
- It is a first degree felony to traffic 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams. This means 5 to 99 years in prison, or a straight out life sentence. You could still be fined up to $10,000.
- You can have an escalated first degree felony for distributing 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams. The minimum prison sentence is 10 years, and the maximum fine is $100,000.
- The maximum fine becomes $250,000, and the minimum sentence is 15 years when convicted of manufacturing 400 grams or more.
Just for reference, 4 grams is only 0.14 ounces, 200 grams is about 7 ounces and 400 grams is 14.1 ounces. It does not even take a full pound, and you could be sentenced for a first degree felony. If you find yourself with a mistaken charge, you cannot afford to have this become an undeserved conviction. You need to look for the best drug crime lawyer in Houston. Mark Morasch has more than 15 years of legal experience, and he has even worked as a prosecutor before. That means you could have someone on your side that is well-versed in what a winning case looks like from both sides of the bench. This invaluable experience and his passion have made for a resounding defense time and again. You can see for yourself when you check out his
When you need a tenacious defense of your liberties and your future, Mark Morasch may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed. With the rest of your life on the line, you cannot afford delay. Act now. To find out what an experienced drug crimes lawyer in Houston can do for you, do not wait to contact Mr. Morasch. You can also fill out a
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