Texas has very strong drug-related laws on the books, and that includes possession of controlled substances. From marijuana to cocaine, heroin, crack, and even prescription medication in some cases, being found in possession of a controlled substance can have some very serious ramifications on your life.
What Are the Possible Charges for Drug Possession in Texas?
The outcome you could face if you’re found in possession of a controlled substance will vary with a wide range of different factors, which we’ll explore shortly. Depending on the situation, the substance, and other factors, you could be facing ramifications that include the following:
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Fines and fees
- Mandatory addiction treatment
- Jail time
- Life in prison
The Four Drug Possession Categories
The state of Texas breaks drug possession down into four specific categories, called Penalty Group 1, 2, 3, and 4. A fifth group is specifically for marijuana. The four groups include a variety of drugs depending on their classification within the state. Drugs fall into specific categories, including narcotics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. However, it is possible for one drug to fall into more than one category. Hydrocodone is a good example, as it is both a depressant and a narcotic. The four Penalty Groups include the following drugs, but note that these can and do change over time.
- Group 1: Opioids, including common painkillers, opium derivatives, and opiates.
- Group 2: MDMA, PCP, LSD, amphetamines, etc.
- Group 3: Opioids and opium derivatives not listed in Group 1, including prescription medications like Valium.
- Group 4: Opioids and opiates not listed in Groups 1 or 3.
- Marijuana: Includes marijuana, but also marijuana derivatives, like hashish, as well as synthetic cannabinoids, like K2.
Factors Affecting Your Drug Possession Charges
Some of the factors that will affect the charges brought against you include the following:
- Amount of the controlled substance found
- Criminal history
- How the substance is concealed
- Any drug paraphernalia
- The presence of large amounts of cash
In general, the larger the amount found, the more likely it is that you will face very serious drug possession charges, as well as related charges, such as the intent to distribute/sell. In some cases, you could be facing life in prison, along with fines that could reach $250,000 or more.
What to Do
If you or someone you love has been charged with drug possession, it’s essential to have experienced legal representation. Contact The Blacknall Firm today at 214-678-9111.