In Texas, the possession, manufacture, or distribution of any amount of heroin will result in a felony criminal charge, the severity of which is largely dependent on the amount of the controlled substance involved.
Attorney Mark W. Bennett will defend you if you were accused of a drug offense involving heroin. Our legal team is well known and respected in courts locally and nationally, and we’ll be honest with you about your best options for managing the case.
Heroin & Texas Drug Laws
The State of Texas lists heroin in Penalty Group 1 or “PG1“, a penalty group which carries the most severe criminal penalties for persons convicted of the possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances that fall under this classification.
With heroin and other opioids becoming a growing concern of the State of Texas, coupled with an already harsh stance on drugs by our state, anyone facing criminal charges for a crime involving heroin, especially a conspiracy to distribute the drug, will need the best attorney they can find, whether they’re innocent or not.
Whether we like to admit it or not, the State of Texas and her prosecutors pride themselves on making examples of defendants who violate our state’s drug laws. In some cases rightfully so, but that harsh stance doesn’t negate our age old legal standard of innocent until proven guilty.
Penalties for Heroin Related Drug Convictions
Whether charged with playing a part in large conspiracy to manufacture or distribute heroin, or if you were arrested for the possession of small amounts of the drug, if convicted, penalties are assessed under felony guidelines. The severity of the penalty is largely related to the amount of the drug involved in your particular case. We’ve outlined a few examples below.
- Possession of under 1 gram of heroin is a State Jail Felony offense in Texas. If convicted, the crime is punishable by a sentence of 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility, and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
- Possession of 1 to 3.99 grams of heroin is a 3rd Degree Felony in the state of Texas. If convicted, the offense carries a criminal penalty of 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
- Possession of 4 to 199 grams of heroin is a 2nd Degree Felony in Texas. Persons convicted of such an offense will face a 2 to 20 year prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
- Possession of 200 to 399 grams of heroin is a 1st Degree Felony that’s punishable by a prison sentence of anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison.
- For persons convicted of the possession of 400 grams or more of heroin, the charge is classified as a 1st Degree Felony and is punishable by 10 years to life in prison with a fine of up to $100,000.00.
Facing Heroin Related Drug Charges in Houston?
Contact Attorney Mark W. Bennett at 713-224-1747
You’ll need an experienced attorney if you were accused of a drug offense involving heroin in Houston, TX. There are a number of a potential defenses for helping you beat a heroin charge in Texas.
The Best Defense Strategy: Evidence Suppression
One of our strategies may involve having any unlawfully obtained evidence against you suppressed.
Motions to suppress evidence are almost always granted when we can prove that law enforcement violated your rights during property searches and the subsequent seizure of any “alleged” evidence.
If we’re successful in having any illegally obtained evidence against you suppressed, it may pave the way for an outright dismissal of the charge.
If we can prove reasonable doubt of your guilt, granted that we deem taking your case to trial a prudent course of action, that may be enough to have the jury return a not-guilty verdict.
Each case is different.
To learn more about how you can put our study of the law, and experience as criminal-defense lawyers for accused drug offenders behind you, call our law office today by dialing 713-224-1747.