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In Tecas, a conviction for even a relatively minor drug offense can result in serious penalties, including jail time, large fines and probation. If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime, our experienced defense lawyers can help. We’ve represented people since 1990, providing excellent service and personal attention to each client. For the diligent guidance you need when facing serious criminal charges, you can rely on our respected team of attorneys.
Drug possession crimes
Possessing even a small amount of illegal substances comes with some hefty consequences, not to mention the social stigma you must deal with as a convicted drug offender. You may face a sentence of two to 15 years in prison for first-offense possession of narcotics including:
Possession of non-prescribed steroids is a felony punishable by one to five years of incarceration. A conviction for possession of a controlled medication, such as Klonopin or Rohypnol, without a prescription may result in one to 10 years in prison.
Marijuana is illegal to possess for recreational use in Texas. Penalties as follows:
Two ounces or less. The offense is a Class B misdemeanor, and penalties include up to 180 days in jail, a fine of as much as $2,000, or both.
More than two ounces, but less than four ounces. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and penalties include up to one year in jail, a fine of as much as $4,000, or both.
Four ounces or more, up to and including five pounds. The offense is a state jail felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, between 180 days and two years in prison, or both.
More than five pounds, up to and including 50 pounds. The offense is a third degree felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, between two and ten years in prison, or both.
More than 50 pounds, up to and including 2,000 pounds. The offense is a second degree felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, between two and 20 years in prison, or both.
More than 2,000 pounds. Penalties include at least five (and up to 99) years in prison, a fine of up to $50,000, or both.
What is distribution?
Drug distribution involves selling or transporting illegal substances, and Texas maintains harsh penalties for those convicted of this crime. Penalty examples:
The sentences involved may range anywhere from 180 days to two years in state jail and/or a fine of no more than $10,000 for a state jail felony, to life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or a term of 15 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $250,000 for the heaviest first degree felony. The harshness of the sentence imposed depends on how much of the drug is being trafficked.
With the life-altering consequences involved, it’s critical to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away after your arrest.
What qualifies as drug trafficking?
Drug trafficking may involve a number of actions, including developing, transporting, selling and distributing illegal substances. Convictions typically result in severe penalties, including prison terms that are longer than those ordered for violent criminals. It’s also possible that you’ll be charged with both distribution and trafficking, making the consequences even worse. Speaking with a skilled attorney immediately after an arrest for drug trafficking can greatly help your case.
Felony and misdemeanor drug charges
If you’re arrested for a drug crime, you may face misdemeanor or felony charges. In general, felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, although convictions for either classification of crime may come with significant penalties. Misdemeanor drug charges typically involve crimes like possession of marijuana or the possession or sale of drug paraphernalia, and you may face fines penalties include up to 180 days in jail, a fine of as much as $2,000, or both.
Felony charges are associated with crimes like drug distribution, sale, trafficking and cultivation. Even first-time offenses may result in several years of incarceration and extremely large fines.
There are some options for first-time offenders to avoid some of the more severe penalties by attending treatment programs. Our attorneys are particularly skilled at advocating for diversion opportunities like drug treatment and community service for individuals facing misdemeanor drug charges for the first time. Those facing first-time felony charges may be able to undergo treatment programs in exchange for reduced or eliminated time in prison. These options are up to the court’s discretion, and it takes a knowledgeable lawyer to effectively argue for them.