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What Are The Penalties Of Cocaine Charges

Crack Cocaine is one of the most heavily penalized drugs in the state of Texas. Prosecutors will act quickly to bring these charges against anyone who they suspect may violate the health and safety laws established in the state.

Penalties

The penalties for cocaine-related charges depend completely on the situation and the nature of the offense. For example, possession of the drug warrants different punishments than trafficking or distributing it.

Possession: Under theTtexas Health & Saftey code, less than 1 grams is a state jail felony; 1-4 grams is a 3rd-degree felony; 4-200 grams is a 2nd-degree felony; 200-400 grams is a 1st-degree felony, and lastly 400 grams and over can be 10 years to life at Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice institution and/or $100,000.

Trafficking: The punishments for cocaine trafficking can be anywhere from 180 days to two years in jail. It can also include a fine of up to $10,000 for a state jail felony, to life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or a term of 15 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $250,000 for the heaviest first-degree felony. The harshness of the sentence imposed depends on how much of the drug is being trafficked.

Defense for Cocaine Charges

As your attorney, Jed Silverman will look beneath the surface. He will investigate topics such as:

Civil rights violations: Did the police have probable cause for suspecting you possessed a controlled substance?

Legal rights: Did the police have a legally obtained warrant for search and seizure of your property?

Reasonable doubt: Is there reasonable doubt that the narcotics actually belonged to you?

Police evidence: How credible and accurate was the police report?

Your story: Good people who made bad mistakes don't belong in jail. Do you have a prior record of drug possession? What are the circumstances of your life? We'll tell your story.

Next Steps

If you are facing cocaine-related charges or have been accused of drug trafficking, we may be able to help. Here at The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we have the skills, experience, and determination to help get you a favorable outcome for your case.

We have handled countless criminal defense cases and know how to navigate the legal system. When you need someone who you can trust to help defend your rights and freedom, rest assured The Law Offices of Jed Silverman is here for you. You can reach us at (713) 597-2221 or contact us through our website today.

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