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A Brief Overview of Cocaine Laws in Texas

All drug charges are serious, and law enforcement personnel consider preventing drug crimes to be a high priority. Aside from the harmful effect drug abuse has on society, a significant percentage of other crimes, such as robbery, aggravated assault and domestic violence, take place while the suspect is under the influence of a controlled substance.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested more than 138,000 people in 2013 for drug abuse violations. Cocaine in particular is a high priority drug for law enforcement, and in that same year, police arrested approximately 3,500 people on charges of cocaine and opium manufacturing, and 22,800 suspects on charges of possession.

Once arrested, the consequences for a guilty verdict of cocaine possession or manufacturing can be significant. Even possession of a small amount of the substance can have harsh penalties, and it may be beneficial to consult a criminal lawyer to establish how best to proceed under the circumstances.

John L. Corn, Attorney at Law helps people facing criminal charges, including DUI and drug possession, and he has extensive experience handling criminal cases. Dallas DUI attorney John L. Corn has handled more than 6,000 cases, including 2,500 DWIs and 2,000 felony cases.

Even if you think the charges are not serious, call us today at 214-528-4529 to discuss your case with a professional. In the meantime, read on for more information regarding cocaine laws in Texas.

How Texas Handles Cocaine Possession and Sale

Sale and possession of cocaine in Texas is illegal both on a local and federal level. The Texas Health and Safety Code handles the majority of legal issues regarding cocaine possession and sale, and the specific penalties vary according to several factors.

One of the most important factors that the court will consider is the amount of the drug that you had in your possession when police arrested you. In the case of cocaine, possession of even a small amount can result in prison time. Possession of a large amount of cocaine, typically in excess of 200 grams, is a serious offense, and it could mean a lifetime in prison.

If you are a first-time offender and police arrest you with a small amount of the drug, there is a possibility that you will get away with a diversion program. A criminal lawyer may be able to investigate this as an option and negotiate a diversion program in exchange for the state dropping the charges.

Possible Penalties

Penalties vary according to the amount of drugs and the specific nature of the crime. Possession of less than 1 gram will likely be a state jail felony; possession of 1 to 4 grams typically results in a third-degree felony, and possession of 4 to 200 grams, a second-degree felony.

Any more than that could be a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony could earn the guilty individual between 10 and 99 years in prison, and a fine of $100,000.

If you are facing criminal charges, call Dallas DWI lawyer John L. Corn, Attorney at Law at 214-528-4529. We can evaluate the charges and determine the best way to proceed.

 

 

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