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