Houston Felony Drug Crime Lawyer
Felonies and the Penalties
In general, a crime can fall under one of two classifications. If is a
"lesser" offense, it can be classified as a misdemeanor and
will result in a fine or a jail sentence of under one year. However, if
the sentence for the crime amounts to more than one year in prison, it
is most likely a felony charge.
In the state of Texas, most drug-related misdemeanors involve the possession
of less than 4 ounces of one drug: marijuana.
Possession of any other illegal drug, or more than 4 ounces of
marijuana, will likely result in felony charges
and bring harsh penalties along with it.
Consequences for Drug-Related Felonies
The Texas Health and Safety Code has created five different penalty groups
for illegal drug possession:
Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, GHB, ketamine, oxycodone and hydrocodone
- Ecstasy (MMDA), PCP and mescaline
Xanax and Ritalin
- Any compounds containing Dionine, Motofen, Buprenorphine or Pryovalerone
Each of these penalty groups carries its own fines and jail/prison sentences
depending on the amount of the
drug in possession, ranging from state jail felonies to enhanced first-degree felonies.
The minimum penalty a convicted person can be sentenced with is 180 days
in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If you think this is bad, it can
only get worse. The maximum penalty for illegal drug possession is a sentence
of 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 dollars. This maximum
penalty is specifically for group 1A, but each group has a maximum penalty
that is very similar. Drug crimes are serious offenses and are punished
accordingly. Therefore, if you are facing false charges, it is imperative
that you take action to defend yourself right away.
Our Houston Defense Attorneys Can Help
Martinez Law Firm, we understand the gravity of your situation and want nothing more than
to see you free of your wrongful drug crime charges. As a
former prosecutor, Mr. Martinez knows how your prosecution may be thinking and can prepare
your case accordingly, defending it from every possible approach. He has
also received a perfect
10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo, has been named a
Houston Top Lawyer from 2008-2011, and was nominated to be a Super Lawyer, showing that his
skill and success as a criminal defense attorney has not gone unrecognized.
For a lawyer who will dedicate themselves to your case,
call the Martinez Law Firm right away.