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Cocaine Charges

Possessing, selling or manufacturing illegal substances can always lead to serious consequences. In Texas, the severity of these drugs is classified by their Penalty Groups. One of the highest Penalty Group drugs that can lead to years in prison is cocaine. The drug is also known as coke or crack cocaine and is typified as a strong stimulant with a high rate of addiction. Possession of cocaine can result in high fines and long-term incarceration.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a cocaine offense, then it’s important you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney. District attorneys take cocaine charges very seriously and may attempt to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Don’t wait another moment to get representation. Get in touch with a skilled defense lawyer today.

Conroe Attorney for Cocaine Crimes in Texas

A conviction for possession of cocaine can have a serious impact on your life. It can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, required attendance to a drug program and even years behind bars. If you’ve been charged with possessing or selling cocaine, we suggest you get in touch with the resourceful and determined attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC.

Our criminal defense team have been working Texas court rooms for years defending people from drug-related charges. With our knowledge and skills, we can formulate a strong defense plan for your case. Call us now at (713) 622 - 2000 to set up your first consultation free. Evans & Powell, PLLC has clients throughout the Conroe area including Montgomery, Willis, The Woodlands and Magnolia.

Overview of Cocaine Crimes in Texas


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Penalties for Cocaine Possession in Texas

Cocaine or coke is categorized as a Penalty Group 1 drug under the Texas statutes. This means it’s illegal to possess even trace amounts of cocaine and doing so can lead to serious consequences. The penalties for cocaine possession depend on the quantity of drug in the alleged offender’s possession.

Listed below is a chart explaining the maximum penalties for possessing cocaine in the U.S.

 

Amount Possessed

Sentence 

Jail or Prison Time

 

Fine

Less than 1 gramState Jail Felony24 months in jail$10,000
1 gram to 4 gramsThird-Degree Felony10 years in prison$10,000
4 grams to 200 gramsSecond-Degree Felony20 years in prison$10,000
200 grams to 400 gramsFirst-Degree Felony99 years or life imprisonment$10,000
400 grams or moreFirst-Degree FelonyLife imprisonment, with a minimum of 10 years.$100,000

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Penalties for Selling or Manufacturing Cocaine in Texas

It’s important to remember your charges could be enhanced even further if law enforcement have means to believe you are selling or manufacturing cocaine. Normally, this is because there is an abnormally large amount of cocaine for one person or the accused has certain paraphernalia around such as scales or plastic baggies. To deter the distribution of cocaine, the state of Texas has implemented elevated penalties for the sale or manufacture of the drug.

Listed below are the maximum penalties for selling, delivering or manufacturing cocaine.

 

Amount Possessed

Sentence 

Jail or Prison Time

 

Fine

Less than 1 gramState Jail Felony24 months in jail$10,000
1 gram to 4 gramsThird-Degree Felony10 years in prison$10,000
4 grams to 200 gramsSecond-Degree Felony20 years in prison$10,000
200 grams to 400 gramsFirst-Degree FelonyLife imprisonment, with a minimum of 10 years.$100,000
400 grams or moreFirst-Degree FelonyLife imprisonment, with a minimum of 15 years.$250,000

 


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Texas’s Aggravating Factors for Selling or Manufacturing Cocaine

If certain factors exist within the crime, then prosecutors may enhance your charges even further. For instance, delivering cocaine to a child is considered a second-degree felony. The penalties for a second-degree felony include up to 20 years in prison as well as a hefty fine of up to $10,000.

If cocaine is manufactured or delivered in the presence of a child, then the crime’s level of offense is enhanced up to one degree. For example, if you were charged with delivering 2 grams of cocaine with a child present, then you won’t be charged with a third-degree felony. Instead your criminal charges will be elevated to a second-degree felony.

Delivering or manufacturing between 200 grams and 400 grams of cocaine in front of a child will result in an increased mandatory prison sentence. Instead of the required 10-year prison sentence the accused will face a minimum term of 15 years. Not only this, but the fine will be increased from $100,000 to $150,000.

Defendants who have been accused of delivering or manufacturing over 400 grams of cocaine in front of a child will also have their minimum prison sentence increased. They will instead face a required prison sentence of 20 years rather than 15. Additionally, their maximum fine will be enhanced from $250,000 to $300,000.


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Additional Resources

Texas Drug Laws – Visit the official website for the Texas Penal Code, a collection of Texas state laws. Find more information surrounding Texas Drug Penalty groups, what aggravating factors may affect drug penalties, and zones that are considered “drug-free” in the state of Texas.

STAR | Drug Court – Visit the official website for the Harris County drug court and learn more about the Success Through Addiction Recovery (STAR). Find more information surrounding the drug court benefits, the judges on the drug court docket, and general information about how to get into a drug court.


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Cocaine Crimes Lawyer in Montgomery County, Texas

If you or someone you know has been charged with a cocaine or other drug-related offense, it’s important you have legal representation secured. A drug conviction can lead to serious statutory penalties and collateral consequences such as losing your professional license or even custody of your children. Learn more about your options by calling Evans & Powell, PLLC.

Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience handling cocaine offenses. We will do whatever we can to give you the best defense possible. Our years of experience and prior happy clients can speak for themselves. Call us now at (713) 622 - 2000 to set up your first consultation free. Evans & Powell, PLLC represents people throughout the greater Montgomery County area including Conroe, Magnolia, Willis, New Caney and Splendora.


 

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