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Texas Drug Related Charges

There are no statutory penalties in Texas that specifically criminalize drug use. Instead, what is generally criminalized in Texas is drug possession. Drug possession is a statutorily defined term. In order to prove a person possessed drugs or contraband the state must prove you exercised “care, custody, control, and maintenance,” over the substance. There are a multitude of factors that must be analyzed to determine whether the state can prove the accusation.

Drug crimes in Houston are taken very seriously and the penalties associated with them can range from Class C misdemeanors all the way up to First Degree Felonies, depending upon the amount seized. Drug crimes can be charged as state or federal offenses. Convictions can lead to jail or prison time, a criminal record, drivers license suspension, and can dramatically impact your quality of life as far as gaining employment, finding housing, getting a home or school loan, becoming a professional, or being accepted to certain colleges or universities. Because all the cards are stacked against you after conviction of a drug crime it is essential to hire an experienced and tenacious criminal defense lawyer in Houston, TX before it is too late to prevent one.

If you have been accused of a drug crime in Houston, Brookshire, or any of the surrounding areas contact Cockrell & Oliver Law Firm. Christine and Rick will take every measure needed to fight the allegations against you. Contact a Houston Criminal Lawyer to arrange a free consultation.

 

Marijuana Possession

Generally, marijuana is considered to be an illegal recreational drug, known by many names including cannibus, hydro, chronic, weed, bud, Mary Jane, and innumerable others. A conviction for possession of marijuana can result in jail time, large fines, a drivers license suspension and a permanent criminal record. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you identify legal issues relating to the investigation and subsequent search and seizure that lead to your arrest that can potentially result in a dismissal or reduction of the charges against you. Contact The Law Office of Rick Oliver to see how we can assist you.

Penalties for Possession and/or Delivery of Marijuana
The penalties that can be assess for a person convicted of possession of marijuana are codified in the Texas Health & Safety Code. Those ranges are as follows:

  1. Possession of paraphernalia – Class C misdemeanor (up to $500 fine)
  2. < 2 oz. – Class B misdemeanor (0 to 180 days in jail and fine of $2,000)
  3. 2 to 4 oz. – Class A misdemeanor (up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine)
  4. 4 oz and 5 pounds – State Jail Felony (180 days jail to 2 years in State Jail Facility and $10,000 fine)
  5. 5 to 50 lbs – 3rd degree felony (2-10 years in prison and fine of $10,000)
  6. 50 and 2,000 lbs – 2nd degree felony (2-20 years in prison and $10,000 fine)
  7. More than 2,000 pounds – 1st degree felony (5-99 years/Life and $50,000 fine)

Delivery of Marijuana

A person can be accused of being a “drug dealer” even if no money is exchanged for the drugs. Those “dealers” who are paid in exchange for drugs face much harsher penalties than those whose only desire is to smoke:

  1. Gift of ¼ oz or less – Class B misdemeanor (0 to 180 days in jail and $2,000 fine)
  2. Sale of ¼ oz of marijuana or less – Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in jail and $4,000 fine)
  3. Sale of ¼ oz to 5 lbs – State Jail Felony (180 days to 2 years in State Jail Facility and $10,000 fine)
  4. Sale of 5 to 50 lbs – 2nd degree felony (2-20 years in prison and $10,000 fine)
  5. Sale of 50 to 2,000 lbs – 1st degree felony (5-99 years in prison and $10,000 fine)
  6. Sale of more than 2,000 lbs – 1st degree felony (10-99 years in prison and $100, 000 fine).

 

Cocaine Possession & Distribution

Texas classifies controlled dangerous substances into four penalty groups, ranging from highly addictive drugs to those that are considered less dangerous. Cocaine falls into the most severe penalty group, since in its narcotic scheduling, it has no medical value and has a high risk of abuse.

Cocaine possession carries severe penalties, including lengthy jail time and large fines. If you have been arrested for or are facing charges related to cocaine possession, your future and freedom are at risk.

Let an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney at Cockrell & Oliver Law Firm fight for you as a defendant. Christine and Rick have a proven track record handling even the most complex cases.

We will dig into how police have put together evidence and handled your case. While doing this, we will look for any mistakes they may have made, to be sure you are defended to the highest degree.

What are the penalties for Cocaine Possession in Houston, Texas?
Texas delivers serious penalties for drug crimes, and some of the harshest sentencing is given in cocaine related criminal cases.

Penalties for less than 1 Gram of Cocaine:

  • 180 days in jail or up to two years in prison
  • Fines of up to $10,000

Penalties for 1, 2, 3, or less than 4 grams of Cocaine:

  • Prison time lasting from two to ten years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Penalties for 4 – 200 grams of Cocaine:

  • $10,000 in fines
  • Two to 20 years in prison

Penalties for 200 – 400+ grams of Cocaine:

  • Increased fines up to $100,000
  • Anywhere from five to 99 years in prison

If your cocaine related charges involve drug trafficking, your penalties can increase exponentially depending on the amount of the drug involved and where the trafficking took place, among other factors.

 

The last offer of a plea bargain, the last chance before trial. Rick and I reviewed all the facts. We talked. He shared more findings he had just uncovered. His empathy and professionalism were outstanding. I really trusted him with my life. With a deep breath I said, let's go to trial, no deal. Back in the courtroom, he went straight to the attorney for the DA and got busy. He talked and pointed. He got animated. More attorneys. More talking. Finally to the clerk and called me back to the conference room. I was breathless. With the most beautiful smile I ever seen, he said, all charges DISMISSED.

Jenn

Rick Oliver's Former Client

I was sitting in county jail feeling like all hope was lost with the other attorney that was on my case. I was going to the law library trying to file motions with no experience in criminal law whatsoever, and getting nowhere really fast. So when my family Hired Ms. Cockrell I was skeptical because of all my previous run-ins with lawyers. From the not answering calls to generally thinking their client is automatically guilty until proven innocent, But once I spoke with her (which was a shock in its self) I instantly felt confident in her ability. The difference to me was she genuinely cares for the client and wanted to fight for my innocence and refused to submit like most defense lawyers. She was helpful, understanding, and strived for the best outcome in my case. I felt it was worth it. Now I'm at home with family and its all thanks to Ms. Cockrell.

Jon C.

Christine Cockrell's Former Client

An Attorney friend refereed me to Rick K. Oliver for a DWI case. I was lucky to talk to him right away as he encouraged me to go get my own toxicity scan as I had just gotten out of jail. I of course refused to let the police administer a test so this was very quick thinking to show I did not have illegal drugs in my system. He was very informative when I talked to him and he explained the law far more thoroughly when I talked to him than even the established DWI attorneys. I decided to hire Rick Oliver and it was the best decision I made recently. I was really rude to the cops that stopped me cause I was obviously pissed off. This was quite apparent on the tape and report. He still managed to get the case dismissed. After watching the tape myself I have to say he is worth 10 times what he charges.

Confidential

Rick Oliver's Former Client

I'm so grateful for Ms. Christine C. Cockrell. My son is home! My son spanked his son and was facing 26 to life because of enhancements. His prior C.A. attorney said get ready to go to TDC. Ms. Christine understood how important it was for my son to get home to his son. Her commitment was evident. THE BEST choice I've ever made for my family. For some reason I trusted and believed in her ability from the first time we spoke. Now I know why. She fought for my son, for my family and she won. Excellent Attorney!

Levra

Christine Cockrell's Former Client

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