Texas is known to have some of the strictest drug laws.

Possessing a certain amount of heroin could even land an individual in jail for 99 years! That is a stiff penalty in anyone’s book. With heroin use on the rise in Houston, you must understand the types of consequences and punishments you could be facing for a related crime.

As the drug becomes more readily available and affordable, the DEA has reported an uptick in the number of crimes they have seen related to heroin. They have also stated that they will be increasing the number of resources used to cut down on these drug crimes, meaning they will be swiftly charging, prosecuting, and convicting individuals when they can. Now is more necessary than ever to be informed on the penalties associated with heroin crimes.

Heroin Possession Penalties in Texas

The most common crime related to heroin is possession. This is the easiest crime for an officer to catch an individual in, making it the most frequent charge. The exact sentence will depend on a variety of factors, such as the location of your crime (was it in a drug-free zone?), if you had a firearm on you, and other aggravating details.

You will face the following possession penalties:

  • Less than 1 gram: Up to 2 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines
  • Between 1 and 4 grams: Up to 10 years in jail and $10,000 in fines
  • Between 4 and 200 grams: Up to 20 years in jail and $10,000 in fines
  • Between 200 and 400 grams: Up to 99 years in jail and $10,000 in fines

If you are charged with trafficking, distributing, or selling heroin, you will be up against even more severe consequences.

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Heroin Use on the Rise: Opiate Addictions

Houston officials report that heroin use has tripled over the last year. It is the highest it has been in years in the city. DEA agents say that the drug has become so cheap that more and more people are falling into dangerous addictions. As an opiate, it is extremely addictive in nature and can easily cause death and other dangers for individuals.

As the prices for heroin drop, the number of heroin-related crimes occurring in Houston seems to rise. There have also been increases in ER visits related to heroin. The Class A drug continues to quickly pour into the city from the border of Mexico, making it far more available to individuals.

There have been 50 heroin-related deaths in the area in just the past year. It is reaching people of all ages, genders, and social backgrounds. The availability and lower cost have made it not only easy for young individuals, but also those that would have likely not used such dangerous drugs in the first place. Not only that but law enforcement report that they will be increasing the amount of finances put into controlling drug crimes, meaning that they will be cracking down now more than ever.

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Have you been charged with a heroin crime in the Houston area? You do not have to go through this time alone! More people are finding themselves facing drug crimes that they would never expect to commit. Our firm understands this issue, especially with the increasing availability of heroin, and can help you combat your charges.

We know that everyone makes mistakes. That does not mean that you have to sit back and accept the penalties for your case! Law enforcement can make mistakes as well, often leading to arrests that violate an individual’s rights. Our firm is here to provide the defense and protection you need.

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Have you been arrested for drug possession in Houston? If so, we advise
you hire a Houston criminal defense lawyer from
The Martinez Law Firm at once. The legal counsel you choose will have a direct impact on the
outcome of your case, so it is important you hire a lawyer experienced
with defending drug crime cases. Our firm has received numerous accolades
over the years for our hard work and dedication, and H Texas Magazine
has included our lead lawyer in the list of the
“Top Criminal Defense Lawyers.” We are aggressive advocates for the rights of those individuals who have
been arrested or charged with drug possession or any other alleged drug crime.

We understand the serious ramifications this type of an arrest can have
on an individual’s lifestyle, career, family and future, which is
why we are committed to providing clients with the personalized attention
their case deserves.
We work one-on-one with our clients so they are constantly kept abreast on how their case is progressing and
what actions we are taking in their defense. If you are arrested for drug
possession, you can trust that we will be unrelenting in our pursuit of
justice and we will stop at nothing to help you achieve a positive outcome
to your case.

If you have been arrested for
drug possession you could be facing very serious charges and penalties. Drug possession
can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on
the type of drugs and amount of drugs found in your possession. It does
not matter whether the drugs were yours or not, if the police found them
in your possession, you are at risk. In cases where a significant amount
of drugs are found or the police believe the drugs are being given away
or sold, you could be facing much harsher charges and penalties.
Our lawyers are here to help you defend your rights and we will work hard
to get you a reduction in charges
, a dismissal of charges or, if your case goes to court, an acquittal at trial.

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As this year comes to a close I hope that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office decides to go back to the refusal of filing felony charges for trace amount of cocaine possession. As late as last year the Harris County District Attorney’s Office was telling police that she should file the same charges as a misdemeanor. They new administration made a political decision to change that policy. I can honestly that this was the right decision to make those cases a misdemeanor instead of a felony charge. After dealing with drug cases for close to 20 years I know that anyone using drugs never wants to leave any drugs behind. Thus, they are never intentionally in possession of the cocaine.

It has been my experience that of all felony charges the trace amount of cocaine charge is the most annoying. Judges dislike seeing them in their court, prosecutors are uncomfortable prosecuting them and juries hate labeling someone as a felony for a miniscule amount.

One of the many changes high schools have made since I attended school
is the amount of children that are
prescribed drugs to treat different conditions. Most of the drugs that the kids are prescribed
today are illegal without a prescription. In fact, a drug that would normally
be a misdemeanor if possessed by a person is enhanced or “bumped
up” to a felony charge if they are found to be in
possession of drugs in a “drug free zone” like a school. I wonder how a parent would
feel if their child was charged with a felony for buying medication from
another student at school who has obtained the medication legally? To
make matters worse, the student that sold the drugs is unlikely to be
charged with the crime.

One other thing to keep in mind is that a child that is 17 years of age
in Houston, Harrris County, Texas is considered to be an adult. Thus,
a child would be arrested along with serious offenders which would be
a scary situation for the child and their parents.

As we all know, Michael Jackson passed away Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest. Questions have arisen regarding the cause of his death and what if any role prescription drugs, notably painkillers, may have played in the singer’s demise. Apparently Mr. Jackson had a personal doctor, a cardiologist who has an office in Houston, who was present at the time of death. According to news reports the doctor is not a suspect but the police do want to speak with him regarding the details leading up to Jackson’s death. The doctor has hired a Houston Criminal Lawyer to represent him.

The abuse of drugs like Lorcet, Soma and Xanax is more common than most people are aware. As a Houston Criminal Lawyer I have seen how the abuse of prescription drugs can destroy lives. While drugs like Cocaine and Heroine are horrible and deadly, prescription drugs have the same potential to ruin lives. Elvis Presley and possibly Michael Jackson are just the iconic examples.

I have seen as a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney that the drug addict is typically the person losing their freedom and creating havoc in their families lives while drug dealers profit at their expense. It doesn’t matter if the drug dealer is peddling crack cocaine on a street corner or is a doctor operating a pain clinic handing out prescriptions without even seeing their “patient.” Actually, it is much more rare for a doctor operating a pain clinic to be a arrested than your traditional drug dealer. It goes to show you that as a society we don’t view prescription drug addiction as a problem.

We see more and more of these cases on a weekly basis. The most obvious example is the abuse of Xanax by suburban high school kids. Hopefully the passing of Michael Jackson will make the families of pain pill users more aware that addiction and death can come just as easily from across the counter of a pharmacy as it can from a street corner on the bad side of town.

If you are changed with a drug possession case in the
Judge Kevin Fine’s court, 177th District Court of Harris County, Texas and you want any type of
community supervision you better be ready to start a 12 step program like
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA). Judge Fine belief believes strongly in this program since it helped
overcome his drug dependency.

He will require anyone that goes on deferred adjudication or probation
to go to 180 AA meetings in 180 days. Additionally, he orders the person
to find a sponsor and work all the steps within the first 90 days. Afterwards,
he requires the person to become a sponsor themselves so they may start
helping other people. Please keep in mind that this is one of the few
non negotiable things in his court.