Protect Your Rights With Phillip A. Linder
Cocaine is a drug that’s illegal to possess or distribute in all 50 states. It’s among the most prosecuted drugs in Texas, with tens of thousands of kilograms seized every year by law enforcement. Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, Texas consistently ranks first in the nation for federal cocaine seizures.
Possession of cocaine in the state of Texas can lead to severe legal penalties. That’s why it’s crucial to know your rights and get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Phillip A. Linder.
Cocaine Possession Laws
It’s illegal to possess cocaine in any capacity in the state of Texas, but the severity of your sentence can vary significantly depending on the amount you’re arrested with. For example, if you’re arrested with less than a gram of cocaine, it’s considered a state jail felony. This can result in a $10,000 fine and up to 2 years in prison, even if it’s your first offense.
However, being arrested with 1 to 4 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. In other words, even just a gram can make a huge difference in your sentencing. The maximum penalty for cocaine possession, reserved for people arrested with 400 grams or more, is a $100,000 fine and up to 99 years in prison.
Defending a Cocaine Possession Charge
As stated above, even possessing a small amount of cocaine is illegal and will result in severe consequences. However, our attorney can pore over the details of your case to ensure all your legal rights have been observed. For example, if you were searched by the police without a warrant or probable cause, the evidence will have to be dismissed and your charges will likely be dropped.
In addition, some Texas counties offer diversion programs as an alternative to jail time for people who are arrested with less than a gram of cocaine. Rest assured, if you’re in one of these counties, our drug attorney Phillip Linder will explore every option to reduce the severity of your sentence.
Call Phillip Linder For Experienced Representation
If you’ve been arrested for cocaine possession in the state of Texas, our experienced criminal defense attorney can help. With over 30 years of experience and over 200 jury trials behind him, Mr. Linder has the intimate knowledge of Texas drug laws that’s needed to win your case.
Call our Dallas law firm to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you develop a legally sound defense.