Possession of Cocaine
Under Texas law, cocaine is classified as a dangerous controlled substances because of its high potential for abuse. The penalties for possession of cocaine demanding on the amount of cocaine possessed. More serious charges can be brought against a person who allegedly possessed the cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver the substance to another.
The courts in Tarrant County take drug offenses seriously. The penalties are harsh and prosecutors often want to put these cases into extensive drug court programs even for a first offense.
Attorney for Possession of Cocaine in Fort Worth, TX
If you are charged with the criminal offense of possession of cocaine in Fort Worth or Tarrant County, Texas, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Our attorneys represent clients charged with a wide variety of drug crimes.
We fight cases for cocaine possession, possession with intent to deliver or trafficking. Call (817) 422-5350 to discuss your case.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine
Under Texas law, the following penalties apply to possession of cocaine crimes including:
- less than one (1) gram of cocaine is punishable as a State jail felony punishable by up to two (2) years in prison and $10,000 fine;
- one (1) gram to less than four (4) grams of cocaine is punishable as a third-degree felony punishable by up to 2-10 yrs. in prison and $10,000 fine;
- 4 to less than 200 grams of cocaine is punishable as a second-degree felony punishable by up to 2-20 yrs. in prison and $10,000 fine;
- 200 to less than 400 grams of cocaine is punishable as a first-degree felony punishable by up to 5-99 yrs. in prison and $10,000 fine; and
- 400 grams or more of cocaine is punishable as an enhanced first-degree punishable by up to 10- 99 yrs. in prison and $100,000 fine.
The sentencing range is broad and the exact sentence depends on a host of factors including the strength of the case, the criminal history, and the results of pre-trial negotiations for a plea deal. Your criminal defense attorney can fight for an outright dismissal when the search or seizure of the evidence was illegal.
If it was found that evidence was illegally seized or there is insufficient evidence of possession, then an experienced criminal defense attorney will understand how to get that evidence excluded. Additionally, a plea deal could result in a reduction of the charges. Many of these cases are resolved in drug court, especially for a first offense or a person without an extensive criminal record.
This article was last updated on Friday, April 15, 2017.