Houston Drug Crime Lawyer
Arrested for drugs in Houston, Texas?
Drug crimes are one of the most severely punished offenses in the state of Texas and throughout the United States. Predominantly since the 1980s, politicians and lawmakers have been proponents of being "tough on crime." You may have even heard of the term "War on Drugs." If you were arrested for drugs, whether possession, trafficking, sale or any other type of offense, you will be aggressively prosecuted and may even face a mandatory minimum sentence (Read about Atty Gen Holder's proposal to drop mandatory minimums). Retain an aggressive
Houston criminal defense attorney from The Martinez Law Firm as soon as possible. This law firm will fight for your rights and fight to defend you against your misdemeanor or felony drug charges.
Types of Drug Crimes
There are many types of drug offenses, both state and federal. Listed below are some of the most common types of drug crime cases that The Martinez Law Firm handles:
According to the Texas Health and Safety Code, it is illegal to possess a drug on the controlled substances list without proper licensing or an approved medical prescription. In this state, drug possession charges vary in severity depending on the substance and what "penalty group" that drug is classified under.
Possession for Sale
Possessing a drug in any penalty group without a license and for the purpose of sale is against the law. According to § 483.042, delivery or offer of delivery of a dangerous drug is a state jail felony. Possession of a drug for sale to a minor can be charged as a class A misdemeanor.
Trafficking is considered a high-level narcotics offense that can include delivery, dispensing and distribution. Drug trafficking is a felony drug offense that is commonly handled in federal court.
In Texas, it is NOT legal for some people to use marijuana for medical purposes so long as they have a valid medication order. Many people think because so many States have legalized marijuana that it is legal to posses it in Texas. Please note that even if you bought your marijuana a State were it is legal it is NOT legal to posses it in Texas.
Possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, according to § 481.125, is against the law. Drug paraphernalia is any equipment, product or material that is used or intended for use in cultivating, manufacturing or packaging a controlled substance.
Sentencing for Drug Crimes in Houston, TX
Those arrested for and convicted of drug crimes in Houston could face mandatory minimum sentences for certain amounts of drugs regardless of the circumstances. Recently, the Attorney General recently proposed an end to this type of sentencing for nonviolent and low-level drug offenders. Some jurisdictions throughout Texas have begun to offer alternative forms of sentencing that are aimed at rehabilitating rather than punishing, such as community service or drug rehab. The sentence a person receives, if convicted, will depend on the type and amount of the drug. For example, the previous Harris County District Attoney refused to accept charges for trace amount of cocaine charges. The current District reinstated the acceptance of trace amount of cocaine cases. These are all things that a Houston drug crime lawyer must know.
Contacting a Drug Crime Attorney in Houston
The Martinez Law Firm is totally prepared to its best to defend you against your state or federal drug offense. A conviction can have massive implications for your future in addition to incarceration and fines, such as loss of federal aid, temporary loss of voting rights and other felony collateral consequences. For a
free evaluation of your case and to learn how a Houston drug crime attorney can help defend you, call today!