Law Office of 

​Lawrence C. McCotter

Aggressive Defense Attorney of Criminal and Juvenile Charges


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The criminal laws regarding the possession of certain drugs and controlled substances is, by and large, set forth in the Texas Controlled Substances Act, which is found in Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The statute begins with a large section listing many definitions that are critical, and about which Mr. McCotter is very knowledgeable.
The statute divides up illegal controlled substances into categories called “Penalty Groups”.  Penalty Group 1 includes opiates and opium derivatives such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine and certain formulations of morphine and hydrocodone.  Penalty Group 1-A includes LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide).  Penalty Group 2 includes certain hallucinogens, including tetrahydrocannabinols, and other chemical substances.  Penalty Group 3 includes many prescription drugs.  Penalty Group 4 includes compounds and mixtures of some of the above, but in lesser concentrations.
Possession is defined in the statute as “Actual care, custody, control or management.”


There are many issues, related to possible defenses, that must be examined carefully by a thorough investigation of the facts, and Mr. McCotter will meticulously do this in your case.  Larry will thoroughly investigate the facts surrounding your stop and detention, search of the house, search of the vehicle you were in, search of your belongings (such as purses, wallets and backpacks) and/or search of your person.  Such a search may have been illegal because it violated your 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.  And there are many facts that are applicable to that analysis.  Was “consent” given?  By whom?  That was the scope of that consent?  Was any “consent” knowing and voluntary?   Was there sufficient probable cause or reasonable suspicion to validate a prolonged detention or the search?  Was a confidential informant used by the police?  Did you say something during custodial interrogation before Miranda Rights were read to you?  Can the State prove you knowingly “Possessed” the contraband?  And many more factors that must be examined.
Larry has been successful in obtaining dismissals of many drug cases because of problems with the above issues.  He recently obtained a time-served misdemeanor sentence for a client who was, because of the drug quantity and prior convictions, subject to a First Degree punishment range with a minimum of 15 years in prison, because he doggedly subpoenaed all the records relating to the performance of a certain K-9 and discovered that that particular dog always (without exception) “hit” on vehicles, even where no drugs were ever found.
When you hire Larry McCotter, you will be hiring an experienced lawyer who knows the law and who will fight for your rights.  He will leave no stone unturned in your defense.

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