Heroin is considered to be a dangerous drug by the Texas legislature and is prosecuted harshly. Any drug offenses involving heroin will garner felony charges in the State of Texas. As of recent years, heroin use has been on the rise in the south with Houston being no exception.
If you, your teenager, or another loved one had criminal charges filed against them in connection with heroin possession, distribution, or trafficking, expect stiff punitive consequences should they be convicted.
If you’re looking for help and would like to consult a qualified Houston criminal lawyer, Christian Capitaine can help. To reach out to Chris, call his office at 832-618-7831 to schedule your initial consultation.
Penalties for Heroin Related Drug Crimes
Heroin is considered to be a drug with an extreme addictive capacity. The Texas Department of Public Safety engages in aggressive law enforcement practices when it comes to heroin. For persons found guilty in the court of law for heroin related drug offenses, the criminal penalties are stiff.
STATE JAIL FELONY
If a person is found to be in possession of as little as 1 gram of heroin, they’ll be charged with a State Jail Felony which carries a potential prison sentence of up to 2 years in a correctional facility in addition to fines of up to 10,000.00.
3RD DEGREE FELONY
If the defendant is found guilty of possession of 1 to 3.99 grams of heroin they will be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony offense which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 and prison sentencing guidelines which range from 2 to 10 years.
2ND DEGREE FELONY
If you’re arrested by police and found to be in possession of over 4 grams, but less than 199 grams of heroin, you’ll be charged with a 2nd Degree Felony offense which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 with a potential jail term that can range from 2 to 20 years in prison.
1ST DEGREE FELONY
1st Degree Felony charges will apply if a person is charged with the possession of 200-399 grams of heroin by law enforcement. The penalties include a potential fine of up to 10,000.00 in addition to a prison term that ranges from 5 to 99 years in a TDCJ run prison facility.
ENHANCED 1ST DEGREE FELONY
Enhanced 1st Degree Felony charges will apply if a person is charged with the possession of over 400 grams of heroin by law enforcement. The penalties include a potential fine of up to 100,000.00 in addition to a prison term that ranges from 10 to 99 years.
Attorney Capitaine Will Fight For Your Freedom!
If you were accused of a crime in connection with heroin in any way, guilty or innocent, the Capitaine Law Firm will fight to ensure that your rights aren’t violated, that you’re given a fair day in court, and will work to get you the best possible outcome from your experience with the Texas criminal justice system.
The consequences for a person convicted of a drug crime involving heroin, in any amount, are stiff. The most important priority for folks in this situation is choosing the right attorney that will execute the right criminal defense strategy for the individual situation at hand. If you’re looking for help, Houston criminal defense attorney Christian Capitaine can help you.
Call his office at 832-618-7831 to start the process of fighting your charges.