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Drug Possession

Drug possession is one of the most common drug-related offenses in Houston, Texas. Possession charges can be filed when a police officer discovers that a person has some quantity of illegal drugs on his person, in his vehicle or in his home. The punishment for this offense is usually determined by measuring the type and weight of the drugs recovered from the arrest.

Penalties for possessing drugs can range from simple fines to lengthy jail time. Getting caught with drugs and taken into police custody can be a frightening experience. Knowing some information about this crime can help people to consider their legal defense options.

Houston Punishments for Drug Possession

The legal consequences for owning drugs can vary based on a number of factors. Being found with a large quantity of drugs will cause tougher penalties. The punishment can be further amplified if the defendant has a criminal history or is found with a quantity of drugs that is large enough for a distribution charge.

According to the Texas Penal Code, penalties for hard drugs like meth or heroin will be tougher than the penalties for marijuana. Some penalties can include:

Legal Defenses for Owning Drugs

Preparing a legal defense is important for anyone charged with owning drugs. A defense attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution and the judge to get the defendant probation instead of jail time.

Claiming that the drugs belonged to someone else isn’t a good strategy. A lawyer may be able to get a lighter sentence in exchange for the defendant participating in drug treatment or community service.


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