Residents of Harris County, Texas, may be aware that if a person is involved with drugs, the end result will be a severe consequence. Even the possession of illegal substances can result in the person spending time in jail or being ordered to pay large fines. According to the Texas Penal Code, drug charges can amount to misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the offense and the drug that is involved. In many cases, a person may find the legal implications difficult to comprehend.
In a recent case, for instance, a resident of Devers, Texas, was arrested for the alleged possession of crack cocaine, which is an illegal narcotic. The man was subsequently taken into custody in Liberty County Jail and is facing charges relating to preparing or transporting drugs, which is a felony in Texas. The bond for his release was set at $50,000. The arrest occurred after a deputy on neighborhood patrol reported that a driver was violating traffic laws.
This case highlights the efforts that the police are making to curb the trafficking of controlled substances, which includes cocaine, as well as marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine. There are also distinctions in the laws relating to these substances. A person charged with offenses relating to marijuana, for instance, is liable to receive penalties different from those penalties for offenses relating to other drugs.
The penalties can also differ, based on the quantity of drugs that the person is allegedly carrying; Texas law classifies drugs in four categories. A felony offense may result in a fine as high as $250,000 or a jail sentence of up to 99 years. A person who has been charged with such an offense should learn as much as possible about the case and about the rights to which that person is entitled. It will help to ensure the best possible outcome in the case.
Source: YourHoustonNews.com, “Devers man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop“, July 17, 2014