Possession of Cocaine in Texas
Possession of cocaine in Texas is a very serious criminal offense. If you have been arrested or charged with possession of cocaine in Texas, you are probably scared or worried about the possibility of facing jail or prison time.
Cocaine is considered a controlled substance and is classified under Penalty Group of the Texas Health and Safety Code, which makes possession of even the smallest amount of cocaine a state jail felony. If you have been arrested or charge for possession of cocaine or any drug charge, you should seek legal counsel immediately.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Texas
The punishment or penalty range for a Texas state jail felony is 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000. Additionally, the level of felony and the penalty you face for possession of cocaine can be increased, depending upon various factors such as the amount of cocaine, an individual’s criminal history or the location of where the cocaine was found. For example, possession of cocaine in a drug-free zone such as a park, playground, school or daycare can increase the level of the felony cocaine charge.
Additional Consequences of Possession of Cocaine
There are additional or collateral consequences for any type of criminal offense, including cocaine possession. A felony drug conviction for possession of cocaine can severly limit your future opportunities. You can face problems such as difficulty in finding employment, suspension of your Texas Driver’s License, the inability to own or possess a firearm, the inability to vote, difficulty in leasing an apartment or obtaining a home loan, possible disqualification from student loans and the stigma of a felony conviction on your criminal record.
Austin Possession of Cocaine Lawyer
If you have been arrested in Austin for possession of cocaine and are confused or unsure how to proceed in your cocaine possession case, please call the Law Office of Kevin Bennett at (512) 476-4626. You may also contact the Law Office of Kevin Bennett through email. Mr. Bennett represents defendants who have been arrested or charged with possession of cocaine and other felony and misdemeanor drug charges in Texas.