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Overview of Cocaine Possession & Texas Law

Cocaine charges carries one of the stiffest penalties in Texas. Possession of even less than a gram of cocaine carries a felony charge.

These charges can have dire consequences such as lengthy jail times and/or hefty fines.

If you or someone you know has cocaine possession charges in Texas, contact an experienced defense attorney for assistance.

Cocaine & Texas Drug Laws

Penalties for Texas Cocaine Convictions

In the State of Texas, possession of cocaine in any amount would result in a felony offense.

  • Possession of 1 gram of cocaine you would face a State Jail felony with a punishment that may lead up to 1 year in jail and/or a $10000 fine.
  • Possession of 1 gram to 4 grams of cocaine would lead to a 3rd degree felony that could lead to 10 years in prison and/or a $10000 fine.
  • Possession of 4 grams to 200 grams of cocaine would lead to a 2nd degree felony that could lead to 20 years in prison and/or a $10000 fine
  • Possession of 200 grams to 400 grams of cocaine would lead to a  1st degree felony that could lead to 99 years in prison and/or a $10000 fine
  • Possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine would lead to a life term and a fine of up to $100000.

These charges may be compounded if you have been arrested in a designated drug free zone. Which is why it is important for you to have the best legal service possible.

If you are charged with the possession of drugs you need someone with experience on your team to help defend your case. Your attorney will help formulate the best defense strategy that is suited for your case.

Your attorney may start by asserting that the means of obtaining the evidence is not justified or lawful. The Fourth Amendment states that everyone has the right to due process of the law and if the proper process is not followed your rights are being violated.

It must be also proven beyond reasonable doubt that the substance that they have obtained is cocaine and not some other harmless substance. The prosecution must prove to the court that the substance that the authorities have obtained is cocaine and they must send the evidence to the crime lab to test it.

The actual cocaine that was seized must also be presented by the prosecution. The lack of evidence may cause the case to be dismissed.

Finally it must be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the substance is yours. There are some situations that would lead you to be charge with possession of cocaine. For example, if you have rented a car with cocaine hidden inside and you were stopped and searched. The cocaine that is found is not yours and you are simply unfortunate that you were arrested for possession.

Cocaine charges are no laughing matter. An attorney must be aggressive in fighting for your case. He should be able to challenge the court for you.  If you or someone you know has been arrested for cocaine charges contact an attorney now to assist you in your case.

Overview of Cocaine Possession & Texas Law

Tips For Kicking A Drug Addiction

Many Texans find themselves overwhelmed by many addictions such alcoholism, or smoking, but one of the most prevailing conditions related to addiction is drug abuse. It is very possible for anyone to kick a bad habit and drug addiction is one of the addictions that many find themselves consumed by.

Tips To Help Break Habits & Addictions

Reaffirm Your Purpose

Be sure to ask yourself question related to why you’re involved with drugs in the first place. If you’ve admitted that you have a problem you’ve taken the first step.

Be Rational

If you know your addiction hurts you and your family then this needs to be on your mind. Whatever you do, don’t lie to yourself and be sure to seek support from people who have your best interest at heart.

Replace Old Habits With New Ones

In general, people are habitual by nature so breaking everyday habits and routines can prove to difficult to anyone. One of the best techniques we’ve seen is simple; replace your habit. If you’re trying to quit smoking or drinking the best thing to do is to find something constructive to do during moments when you get “the urge”.

Avoid Bad Situations

A bad situation in this context is any environment or experience where using drugs is commonplace. For example, if you’re a drug addict, and you normally get high after work, then you’ll need to avoid the circumstance that leads to your drug use. A good solution would be to carpool with drug free people or take public transportation for a while, till you kick the habit.

For more help and tips on overcoming addictions we recommend Dr. Phil or Hub Health.

Heroin: A Killer Addiction

The use of heroin in Texas has always been a huge community problem and is growing fast in areas around Houston among former medical patients.

Millions of adults and teenagers are caught in this terrible addiction and it has claimed a large number of victims over the years. Another problem with heroin is that it will make people do anything in order to get a fix and this means they will steal and they will practice prostitution. Heroin is the kind of drug that turns people into full addicts from the very first time they try it out.