The environment for Galvestonians who are criminally charged in connection with cocaine is hostile to say the least. When fighting drug charges involving allegations of cocaine possession (or distribution) in Galveston courtrooms, the presumption of innocence, as traditionally prescribed by the law, flies right out the window.
If the person in the defendant’s chair has priors on their criminal record, the situation is even worse.
Cocaine Related Drug Offenses are Serious
In these cases, if the defendant is represented by a criminal defense attorney in Galveston with limited experience “winning” cocaine cases (as opposed to merely representing people arrested for cocaine possession and claiming that, in itself, to be “experience”), they normally get the maximum sentence when they are convicted. And normally, if for nothing more than ineffective counsel, they are convicted.
This is normally the case when you see a person in jail serving 10 years for 1 gram of cocaine bunked with a person serving 2 years for having a 170 grams of cocaine in their possession. Experience exercising a strong defense strategy, and experience showing up in court, are different.
Penalties if Convicted of Cocaine Possession
If convicted and found guilty; the penalties for cocaine possession in Texas can change your life forever depending on the amount of the drug involved in your case. The classification for the offense can range from being a “State Jail Felony” to a “Enhanced First Degree Felony” which will have a direct impact on the level of punishment a convicted party may be forced to endure.
Below we’ve made a table available to give you a better illustration of the sentencing guidelines for cocaine related drug crimes in the state of Texas.
|Quantity||Criminal Classification||Penalty if Convicted
|Less than 1 Gram||State Jail Felony||Up to 2 yrs. prison – $10K Fine|
|1-3.99 Grams||3rd Degree Felony||2-10 yrs. prison – $10K Fine|
|4-199 Grams||2nd Degree Felony||2-20 yrs. prison – $10K Fine|
|200-399 Grams||1st Degree Felony||5-99 yrs. prison – $10K Fine|
|Over 400 Grams||Enhanced 1st Degree Felony||10-99 yrs. prison – $100K Fine|
You’ll Need Board Certified Legal Representation.
Galveston criminal defense lawyer Tad A. Nelson is one of 10% of Texas attorneys who are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as an expert when it comes to criminal defense litigation. With 25+ years worth of experience fighting allegations of drug related offenses, this means you’ll have one of Galveston’s best attorneys in your corner.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with attorney Tad Nelson, call 409-765-5614 immediately.