Anytime a person is arrested by law enforcement, and found to be in possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine, it will be in their best interest to ensure they have a highly experienced criminal defense attorney in their corner who is prepared to face off against what will be an aggressive prosecution executed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock aren’t average Houston criminal defense attorneys who make their livings litigating criminal cases, they know the law, are familiar with local court staff, and both are scientists.
Tad received his certification in criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and he has a number of defense strategies for fighting criminal allegations related to an alleged cocaine possession claim by law enforcement. Furthermore, he has over 25 years of experience as a Texas criminal lawyer and as always willing to go to trial on a case if the situation calls for it.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Texas
With cocaine deemed a dangerous drug under Texas drug laws, a convicted defendant can expect harsh penalties to compliment that distinction. By reviewing the table below you’ll get an idea of the criminal penalties associated with convictions involving cocaine in the State of Texas.
|Quantity of Cocaine||Criminal Classification||Penalty if Found Guilty|
|Less than 1 Gram||State Jail Felony||Up to 2 years in prison – $10,000 Fine|
|1-3.99 Grams||3rd Degree Felony||2-10 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine|
|4-199 Grams||2nd Degree Felony||2-20 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine|
|200-399 Grams||1st Degree Felony||5-99 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine|
|Over 400 Grams||Enhanced 1st Degree Felony||10-99 yrs. in prison – $100,000 Fine|
As you can see from the data above, there’s a long range of potential sentencing possibilities for individuals unfortunate enough to be arrested for allegedly having cocaine in their possession and found guilty in the court of law.
Although, the State of Texas does prosecute cocaine possession cases to the same degree as the Federal Government, it is not uncommon for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved with the case if it gains federal attention. In other words, depending on the circumstances of the arrest and/or official investigation, a federal indictment could be just over the horizon. However, it is not uncommon for the State of Texas to handle cases involving multiple kilos of cocaine itself, absent the Federal Government.
Accused of Cocaine Possession in Houston?
If you’re looking for one of the best equipped criminal defense attorneys in Houston to challenge the State’s allegations that you were involved with the possession, manufacture, or distribution of cocaine, talk with Houston criminal justice lawyer Tad Nelson at 713-659-0909.
As previously mentioned, attorney Tad Nelson is officially recognized as beyond average when it comes to matters involving litigation and criminal law as per his certification in criminal law as granted by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Tad is also a graduate of the National College of DUI Defense, and an ACS/CHAL Lawyer Scientist making him among the best criminal defense lawyers in Houston to represent you in the court of law when it comes to cases involving forensic analysis.
When you call the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates keep in mind we offer free consultations, support for families who are dealing with loved ones involved in criminal case litigation, and a wealth of experience and know-how when it comes to successfully serving as legal representation to people who are facing prosecution by the government.