Being charged with possession of crack cocaine in Houston is a very serious offense (Texas Controlled Substances Act). In order to be guilty of possession of cocaine it must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that one knowingly and intentionally possessed the substance. While Texas in general is quite hard on drug offenses, it is especially tough on crack cocaine as it is considered a highly dangerous drug (belonging to Penalty Group 1.) Because of that the consequences for being found guilty of a crack cocaine charge are severe.
Penalties for Crack Cocaine in Texas
The penalty for a crack cocaine possession conviction depend on the amount of cocaine. Even less than one gram is a state jail felony with up to two years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine as well as many negative life consequences of having a felony drug conviction on one’s record. 200+ grams can carry up to 99 years in prison. However, there are a wide range of factors involved in individual sentencing, including prior convictions and the particular judge and / or prosecutor.
Texas does, in some cases, offer alternatives to jail for a drug conviction that involve treatment and rehabilitation. In particular, it may be possible to obtain a plea in which the accused will avoid jail time and receive probation along with treatment. An experienced criminal defense attorney can examine your case and guide you regarding your options.
Experienced Houston Contain Lawyer
If you are being charged with crack cocaine in Houston, Harris County, or surrounding areas call Carl Haggard at (832) 328-0600 or use the short email form for a free confidential consultation. Carl has over 30 years of experience helping people in Houston understand their options and fight against convictions.
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