Drug Charges Lawyer in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County, Texas
The State of Texas and the Federal Government investigate and prosecute the same types of drug cases. State courts handle small-amount drug delivery and possession cases that are classified as state jail or 3rd degree felonies. Depending on which agency works the case, most drug cases end up in federal district court, with some landing in state court. The Harris County District Attorney’s office now has special drug prosecution divisions assigned to handle the larger cases. The Harris County DA will prosecute cases involving as much as twenty kilos of cocaine. In some respects, the state court is a more attractive court for the accused. Unlike federal court, a state judge is not required to consult guidelines to determine the proper sentence. Also, in Texas, the accused may submit punishment decisions to the jury. As a result, Mr. Lawrence has been very successful in obtaining probation for cases in state court that would have concluded differently in federal court. Mr. Lawrence has also had drug cases dismissed.