Houston Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
If you were arrested for a drug crime in Houston or anywhere in Harris County, it’s crucial to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The penalties for a drug crime conviction in Texas are extremely harsh. In fact, the bulk of the prison population in the state stems from non-violent drug offenses. Even possession of a small amount of marijuana can land you in jail for up to 180 days. In addition to the possibility of imprisonment, you could face fines, probation, random drug testing and drug treatment.
At Segura and Kiatta, LLP, we use our skills, experience, and resources to defend those accused of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses in Houston and the surrounding communities.
Drug Charges We Defend
We fight misdemeanor and felony drug crimes in state and federal courts, including:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of drugs with intent to sell or distribute
- Drug possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs
Which Drugs are Illegal in Houston County?
Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, also known as the Houston Controlled Substance Act classifies drugs into four categories or penalty groups. The most potent drugs carry the stiffest penalties.
- Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, morphine, and oxycodone.
- Penalty Group 1a: Includes substances such as LSD, salts, some isomers, and others.
- Penalty Group 2: Ecstasy, PCP, mescaline, and hallucinogens.
- Penalty Group 2-a: Synthetic marijuana and other synthetic substances.
- Penalty Group 3: Includes Xanax, Valium, Ritalin
- Penalty Group 4: Includes codeine, some opioids, and others.
Factors that Impact Sentencing
The severity of the punishment you’ll face is determined by:
- the type and amount of drug involved;
- whether the drug was used, sold, manufactured, or distributed/
- location of the violation (school grounds and other drug-free zones)
- Whether weapons were involved;
- existence of prior criminal record
Building a Strong Defense Against Drug Charges
There are several effective defenses employed to fight drug charges, some of which include:
- Police lacked probable cause to stop or search you or your property
- Authorities entrapped you or planted drugs
- Police failed to follow proper procedure during arrest and interrogation
- Lab testing procedures were improper
- Possession was for personal use
- Chain of custody rules were not followed
Contact a Reliable Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Call Segura and Kiatta, LLP at 281-570-6400 for a free case evaluation.