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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE JURY CHARGE


CAUSE NO. «CAUSENO»


 

THE STATE OF TEXAS
VS.
DEFENDANT

§           IN THE «COURTNO» DISTRICT COURT
§          OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS
§          «MONTH» TERM, A. D., «YEAR»


Members of the Jury:

Our law provides that a person commits an offense if he knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance. Under our law, cocaine is a controlled substance.

“Possession” means actual care, custody, control or management. Possession is a voluntary act if the possessor knowingly obtains or receives the thing possessed or is aware of his control of the thing for a sufficient time to permit him to terminate his control.

“Adulterant or dilutant” means any material that increases the bulk or quantity of a controlled substance, regardless of its effect on the chemical activity of the controlled substance.

A person acts intentionally, or with intent, with respect to the nature of his conduct when it is his conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct.

A person acts knowingly, or with knowledge, with respect to the nature of his conduct or to circumstances surrounding his conduct when he is aware of the nature of his conduct or that the circumstances exist.

Now, if you find from the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that in Harris County, Texas, on or about the «DATE», the defendant, «DEFENDANT1», did then and there unlawfully, intentionally or knowingly possess a controlled substance, namely, cocaine, weighing more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams by aggregate weight, including any adulterants or dilutants, then you will find the defendant guilty as charged in the indictment.

Unless you so believe from the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, or if you have a reasonable doubt thereof, you will acquit the defendant and say by your verdict “Not Guilty.”

 

Our law provides that a defendant may testify in his own behalf if he elects to do so. This, however, is a right accorded a defendant, and in the event he elects not to testify, that fact cannot be taken as a circumstance against him.

In this case, the defendant has elected not to testify and you are instructed that you cannot and must not refer to or allude to that fact throughout your deliberations or take it into consideration for any purpose whatsoever as a circumstance against him.

 

A Grand Jury indictment is the means whereby a defendant is brought to trial in a felony prosecution. It is not evidence of guilt nor can it be considered by you in passing upon the question of guilt of the defendant. The burden of proof in all criminal cases rests upon the State throughout the trial and never shifts to the defendant.

All persons are presumed to be innocent and no person may be convicted of an offense unless each element of the offense is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact that he has been arrested, confined, or indicted for, or otherwise charged with the offense gives rise to no inference of guilt at his trial. The law does not require a defendant to prove his innocence or produce any evidence at all. The presumption of innocence alone is sufficient to acquit the defendant, unless the jurors are satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt after careful and impartial consideration of all the evidence in the case.

The prosecution has the burden of proving the defendant guilty and it must do so by proving each and every element of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt and if it fails to do so, you must acquit the defendant.

It is not required that the prosecution prove guilt beyond all possible doubt; it is required that the prosecution’s proof excludes all reasonable doubt concerning the defendant’s guilt.

In the event you have a reasonable doubt as to the defendant’s guilt after considering all the evidence before you, and these instructions, you will acquit him and say by your verdict “Not Guilty.”

You are the exclusive judges of the facts proved, of the credibility of the witnesses and the weight to be given their testimony, but the law you shall receive in these written instructions, and you must be governed thereby.

After you retire to the jury room, you should select one of your members as your Foreman. It is his or her duty to preside at your deliberations, vote with you, and when you have unanimously agreed upon a verdict, to certify to your verdict by using the appropriate form attached hereto and signing the same as Foreman.

During your deliberations in this case, you must not consider, discuss, nor relate any matters not in evidence before you. You should not consider nor mention any personal knowledge or information you may have about any fact or person connected with this case which is not shown by the evidence.

No one has any authority to communicate with you except the officer who has you in charge. After you have retired, you may communicate with this Court in writing through this officer. Any communication relative to the cause must be written, prepared and signed by the Foreman and shall be submitted to the court through this officer. Do not attempt to talk to the officer who has you in charge, or the attorneys, or the Court, or anyone else concerning any questions you may have.

 

Your sole duty at this time is to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant under the indictment in this cause and restrict your deliberations solely to the issue of guilt or innocence of the defendant.

Following the arguments of counsel, you will retire to consider your verdict.

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«JUDGE», Judge
«COURTNO1» District Court
Harris County, TEXAS


 

 

 

 

 

 

CAUSE NO. «CAUSENO»


THE STATE OF TEXAS
VS.
DEFENDANT

§          IN THE «COURTNO» DISTRICT COURT
§          OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS
§          «MONTH» TERM, A. D., «YEAR»


 

V E R D I C T

“We, the Jury, find the defendant, «DEFENDANT1», not guilty.”

 

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Foreman of the Jury


________________________________
(Please Print) Foreman


 

“We, the Jury, find the defendant, «DEFENDANT1», guilty of «OFFENSE», as charged in the indictment.”

 

________________________________
Foreman of the Jury


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(Please Print) Foreman


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