It depends on what level of offense he's on probation for. If its for possession under a gram, his maximum punishment on that case is two years state jail.
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Time depends on the level of the offense. In a possession case, the level of the offense depends on the substance’s category (or “Penalty Group”), as well as on the amount possessed. There range of possibilities is broad. If the level was punishable as a state jail felony, the time would be between 180 days and two years. A third degree felony would be 2 to 10 years; a second degree would be 2 to 20.
As for his new charges, possession of less than 1 gram and unauthorized use of a vehicle are each state jail offenses (180 days to 2 years and/or a fine of up to $2000).
Given the nature of these offenses, he might qualify for one of Harris County’s specialty courts, such as the STAR court. He might ask his attorney to assess his eligibility and consider applying to have his case transferred.
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The answer to this question depends on a number of things. First, we need to know what level of felony he is on probation for and whether it was probation or deferred. Were the new cases in Harris county? What court is he in? Was he in compliance with probation prior to this? He has a right to a trial on the 2 new cases, but the Judge will decide what happens on the probation violation (if no plea) because he already waived a right to a trial on that case. You need to contact a local criminal defense attorney.
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