People who commit drug-related offenses often face tough criminal punishments. Possession of a controlled substance does not always result in prison time or hefty fines, however. The type of sentence the accused receives depends on the type of drug and other circumstances, such as intent to sell or distribute. While the prosecution may push for a harsher sentence with evidence of intent to sell, it is extremely hard to prove such evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. This is why it is essential to have an experienced possession of controlled substances lawyer.
Have you been arrested for possession of a controlled substance? It’s important that you speak with a certified, experienced defense attorney. Houston lawyer Brett Podolsky is dedicated to fighting for the rights and freedom of those accused of crimes in the Greater Houston area. Contact today for a consultation.
A variety of drugs and chemicals fall under controlled substances. These include, but are not limited to prescription pills, narcotics, stimulants and natural substances. Possession of a controlled substance is covered under sections 481.115 through 481.118 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
There are actually four different types of penalty groups for controlled substances in the Texas Health and Safety Code. Penalties are assigned based on what type of drug the defendant had in his or her possession:
Punishments for each of these groups are listed under Texas Health and Safety Code 481.115. The degree of the penalty goes up with the amount and type of drugs found. For example, a third-degree felony possession charge includes one to four grams of drugs, resulting in up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
The steepest amount you can be fined is $100,000 for possessing over 400 grams of a substance, which also comes with a prison sentence of 10 to 99 years.
It’s important to realize that there are always mitigating circumstances in controlled substances cases. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were at fault. Brett A. Podolsky is a Houston controlled substances attorney who can help you get your charges dropped or lessened. One of the many reasons that offenders go to jail is because they didn’t have knowledgeable legal counsel to help them.
If you need legal help, reach out to Brett A. Podolsky at 713-227-0087.