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Houston Possession of a Controlled Substance Lawyers

Texas state law takes the possession of controlled substances very seriously. As the state battles a growing drug trade within cities and along the border, the penalties for possessing an illegal substance reflect the state’s commitment to fighting drug use. However, this campaign to stamp out substance abuse can grow overzealous, applying harsh judgments for small-scale offenses or pursuing a full-scale prosecution against an innocent person.

If you have been charged with drug possession, finding a strong legal defense team should be your top priority. For more information on your defense options, contact the Houston possession of a controlled substance attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., today at 713-222-0400.

Felony Charges for Substance Possession

Punishment for possession of controlled substances increases in severity based on the quantity of drugs in question. Although this is a popular practice in many states in order to provide a more reasonable punishment for less serious offenses, it can still result in jail sentences for any amount of illegal substance possession. The following felony-grade charges are applied for each level of substance possession:

  • For less than a gram, a state jail felony is charged
  • For between one and four grams, a felony in the third degree is charged
  • For between four and 200 grams, a felony in the second degree is charged
  • For between 200 and 400 grams, a felony in the first degree is charged
  • For exceeding 400 grams, a person can receive between 10 and 99 years in jail

In addition to these jail sentences, individuals caught possessing illegal drugs may be required by the court to pay a punitive fine, which can reach $100,000 in the most extreme cases.

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If you have been charged with possessing a controlled substance, the state may pursue strict penalties in order to keep up its tough stance on drug possession. To discuss your options and rights as a defendant, contact the Houston possession of a controlled substance attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-222-0400 today.