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Houston Drug Possession Lawyer

When Texas law enforcement knocks on your door, your legal journey is just beginning. I am leading Texas defense attorney Alejandro Macias. From the very start, I stand up for you and put a stop to abusive policing.

Drug Charges Lawyer in Houston

The war on drugs has been a total failure. An increasing number of drugs, including marijuana, are being legalized or decriminalized, even as legal opioids have ravaged our communities while enriching some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, significant disparities in drug laws, legal representation, conviction rates, and sentencing, disproportionately impact poor and minority residents even as the resulting felony convictions too often marginalize those struggling with a drug problem.

But drug laws continue to be a leading source of revenue for law enforcement, the court system, and the nation’s growing prison system!

Drug charges are by far the most common serious felony charges filed in the state of Texas. The good news is that early consultation with an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer often can result in dismissal of the charges, significant reduction in potential penalties, and alternative sentencing options like diversion and drug court, which can significantly reduce penalties and the long-term consequences of having a felony drug conviction on your permanent criminal record.

Texas Drug Charges

The consequences for drug charges in Texas depend upon many factors, including a defendant’s criminal record, the type and weight of drugs involved, the presence of paraphernalia and firearms, and an alleged crime's proximity to a drug free zone, including schools, youth centers, playgrounds and public swimming pools.

Drug possession alleges you possessed a drug for personal use and consumption. However, a significant amount of a drug in a defendant’s possession, and or the presence of paraphernalia commonly associated with dealing, such as scales, baggies or cash, often prompt authorities to file more serious charges of possession with intent to distribute or drug dealing/trafficking.

Potential penalties include:

  • Class C misdemeanor: A fine up to $500.
  • Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days and fines of up to $2,000.
  • Class A misdemeanor: 180 days to 1 year and fines of up to $4,000.
  • State jail felony: 180 days to 2 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
  • 3rd-degree felony: Prison sentence of 2 to 10 years and fines of up to $10,000.
  • 2nd-degree felony: Prison sentence of 2 to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000.
  • 1st-degree felony: Up to life in prison and fines up to $250,000.

Common drugs include:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hallucinogens

Drug Charges Defense

Early consultation with an experienced Houston defense lawyer is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and your freedom. Drug charges are the most common felonies filed in the court system and a leading generator of court revenue. In most cases, the state is hoping you will plead guilty and attempt to put the incident behind you. We believe that is always a mistake. In addition to court sanctions, drug conviction can carry many long-term consequences, including enhanced penalties for future violations, an increased likelihood that you will be targeted for re-arrest, an inability to hold certain jobs or work in certain professions, adverse outcomes in divorce, child custody or other family law matters, and even denial or residential rental applications, rejection of residency or citizenship applications, and ineligibility for some forms of state and federal aid.

Alex Macias is an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in state and federal court in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, Knogwood, Katy, League City, Stafford, Friendswood, Richmond, Cypress, Clear Lake, Humble and Fulshear.

The Law Offices of Alejandro Macias, PC offers free and confidential consultations. Call 281-742-9508. ¡Se Habla Español!


What Our Clients Say

When it comes to a criminal investigation, the sooner you act, the better your ability to protect yourself will be. You have the right to an attorney, and you should use it. Call my office today at 281-742-9508. There is no time to waste.
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    Teffy Poki
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    I am going to rate this attorney 5 stars.He saved me in a crimnal court which everything was against me.I was about to lose my residancy in the states if i plead guilty.He dismissed my case professionally and after that dismissal i could get my american citizenship. God bless Alejandro!
    Maryam Sadat Ebrahimi Roshan
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    Alejandro Macias is the best lawyer I've ever had, thank God for putting me on my path, the first time I talked to him, it's like he gave me another life, I recommend him 100%, he's someone you can talk to and trust.
    Victor Gonzalez

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