Texas takes drug crimes seriously. Penalties for such an offense vary with the most severe consequence being prison time. To determine what kind of consequences you may face for a drug or substance crime, your judge will look at a variety of factors, including:
- Type of drug in your possession
- Amount of the drug
- Intent to distribute the drug
A judge may also include additional factors such as if you took the drug across state lines or if an injury or death occurred due to the distribution of the drug or substance.
If you have been charged with possession of a drug or substance, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm online. We will aggressively fight to protect your rights.
Consequences of Drug Possession According to Penalty Group
To classify a criminal offense and allot a punishment range for a drug charge, Texas established 4 penalty groups. Here are the penalty groups:
- Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, and LSD
- Penalty Group 2: Mushrooms and Psilocybin
- Penalty Group 3: Anabolic steroids, Xanax, Lorazepam
- Penalty Group 4: Compounds with codeine or opium
Penalty 1 group drugs are considered the most dangerous and therefore have the most severe sentences for a conviction. The consequences for being convicted range from being convicted of a felony, paying a fine, and being sentenced to prison. If you have less than 1 gram of the drug in your possession you may face a $10,000 fine and a prison sentence of anywhere between 100 days to 2 years in jail. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are in possession of over 400 grams or more of the drug, you may have to pay a fine of $100,000 and serve anywhere between 10 to 99 years in prison. The fines do go down slightly if you are in possession of a Group, 2, 3, or 4 drugs, but you are still looking at prison time and a felony conviction.
Additional Consequences of Drug Crime Conviction
You could also face federal charges for possession of a significant number of drugs. Federal sentencing guidelines are much more severe, so if this is the case, you will want to hire a lawyer immediately.
There are also additional consequences you may face for being convicted of a drug crime in Texas. These are as follows:
- Driver’s license could be suspended
- Possess a criminal record
- Ability to obtain loans, financial aid, or grants
- Difficulty finding housing and/or employment
- Inability to pass a background check
- Ability to have child custody and visitation rights
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If you require a zealous, experienced criminal defense lawyer's services in the face of a felony state or federal drug charge, do not hesitate to contact our office. In addition to the consequences you could face for a drug conviction, your life will also be negatively impacted. Without legal representation, you might face issues finding employment, obtaining housing, and even being able to legally drive a car. Reach out today to secure an initial consultation.