Michael Pham regularly works with clients who find themselves charged with drug offenses, whether they be possession cases or trafficking cases. Being on the I-10 corridor between Mexico and Florida, drug issues are commonplace in Houston, but they often carry stiff penalties. Drug possession cases, while seemingly simple, often become complex litigation especially where there are search and seizure issues involved.
Mr. Pham has represented a multitude of clients charged with drug possession, including:
- Crack cocaine
- Prescription pills
- All other drugs and narcotics
An arrest even for a charge of possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana is considered significant because it is a drug-related misdemeanor offense and can affect someone’s ability to get a school loan, qualify for public housing or become a United States citizen. However, for most first time offenders and many others, all is not lost. In Houston, there are many options available to our clients who find themselves faced with a drug charge, including drug court, deferred adjudication or outright dismissal. But Mr. Pham is not afraid to take his clients’ case to trial when he sees a weakness in the prosecution’s case.
The punishment for drug possession offenses depends on the quantity of the drug, the type/classification of the substance, and other factors. For instance, Texas classifies drugs into 5 classifications, with Group 1 being the most serious. For example, cocaine is classified as group 1, while most prescription drugs are group 3.
Anyone arrested in Houston for a drug possession offense often faces possible incarceration, fines, probation, rehabilitation programs, community service, compulsory drug testing, and more. Punishment is usually greatly enhanced when drug related crime involves minors or the offender has prior drug convictions. Enhancements are also common depending on the location of the crime. For example, drug possession near schools or daycare centers almost always carry an enhanced sentence. Finally, be aware that drug offenses when combined with other criminal offenses often carry much stiffer penalties. For example, Mr. Pham has successfully defended clients who were charged with drug offenses combined with conspiracy, theft, and assault cases.
The State of Texas has enacted harsh punishments for those convicted in trafficking and manufacturing cases, but over the years, Mr. Pham has developed relationships with courts, judges and prosecutors that has allowed many of his clients to avoid incarceration entirely. In other instances, clients have found their charges reduced to simple possession or other misdemeanors where jail time can be avoided.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for any drug possession offense, and you want an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer, contact Houston drug possession attorney Michael H. Pham at (713) 236-7791.