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Texas drug penalties are among the most severe in the nation. If you are charged with possession of a controlled substance in Galveston, it is urgent that you contact a lawyer experienced in criminal drug laws immediately for help. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, our Galveston criminal defense lawyers provide the kind of tough, tenacious legal representation you need in these situations. Our years worth of experience representing clients in our area and our knowledge of how drug laws are applied in criminal cases can help you avoid a conviction resulting in a potentially lengthy jail sentence.
In Texas, drug charges can result from possession of illegal substances as well as prescription medications. In general, the severity of your charges will depend on the type of drug and the amount you are accused of being in possession of. Under Chapter 481 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, drugs are classified into the following categories:
- Penalty Group 1: This includes opioid painkillers such as codeine and oxycodone, opium derivatives such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, LSD, mescaline, and other types of hallucinogens;
- Penalty Group 2: This includes cannabinoid substances derived from marijuana along with hashish, PCP, and MDMA, otherwise known as Ecstacy or Molly;
- Penalty Group 3: This includes benzodiazepines and sedatives such Valium or Xanax, anabolic steroids, ADHD medication, such as Ritalin, and any depressant or stimulant that carries a moderate to high risk for abuse;
- Penalty Group 4: These include a variety of other prescribed medication which may have the potential for abuse and addiction among users.
Possession of a penalty group 3 or 4 substance can result in fines up to $10,000 and a mandatory jail sentence of between one to 20 years, depending on the amount involved. For possession of drugs in penalty group 1 or 2, punishments are severe and include fines up to $250,000 and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
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While the Texas Compassionate Use Act of 2015 does allow for the use of medical marijuana in limited situations, it is strictly regulated and recreational use is prohibited. Penalties for marijuana or its synthetic forms include up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for less than two ounces. Possession of more than this amount can result in fines up to $50,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment. It may also imply the intent to distribute, which carries additional charges.
In addition to fines and a possible jail sentence, the Department of Public Safety advises that possession of marijuana or any controlled substance can result in the loss of your driving privileges. Along with a 180 days license suspension, you will be required to attend a mandatory drug education course.
The potential for severe penalties due to drug possession charges in Texas requires you to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately on your case. Reach out and contact Scott M. Brown & Associates today to discuss your situation and how we can assist you.