Texas has passed strict drug laws for possession of controlled substances. Depending on the type of drug, amount, and other factors, you could be facing severe penalties. If you have been charged with drug possession, call Joseph Veith Law for a skilled El Paso attorney with over a decade of experience in both defense and prosecution.
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Texas Drug Possession Laws
In Texas, drugs are categorized by the type of substance and its potential for abuse. The charges and possible penalties are classified into 4 groups, which depend on the classification of the substance. The penalties for a drug possession conviction in Texas may include:
Penalty Group 1
- Includes opioids (including prescription drugs and heroin), cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and other hallucinogens.
- A conviction may result in up to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, up to a maximum of life in prison and $300,000 in fines.
Penalty Group 2
- Includes LSD, ecstasy, PCP, and amphetamines.
- Penalties include up to 2 years in jail, or up to life in prison and $50,000 in fines for 400 grams or more.
Penalty Group 3
- Includes benzodiazepines, Valium, Ritalin, or anabolic steroids.
- Being found guilty may result in up to 2 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines, or up to life in prison and $50,000 in fines for quantities above 400 grams
Penalty Group 4
Includes opioids not listed in Group 1 and prescription medications.
- A conviction can carry a sentence of up to 2 years in jail and $10,000 in fines
Marijuana Possession Charges
Marijuana is in its own category, which covers cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic marijuana. If convicted, you could be sentenced to the following:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Mandatory drug treatment
Your driver’s license may be suspended for up to six months. In some cases, the charge can be dismissed after successful completion of a drug treatment program.
Understanding the Consequences of Drug Possession
Being charged with drug possession in Texas can have serious consequences that can impact your future. It is important to understand the potential penalties and legal implications associated with drug possession charges.
In Texas, drug possession is classified into different categories based on the type and quantity of the drug involved. The severity of the charges and potential penalties can vary depending on these factors.
Some of the potential consequences of drug possession charges include:
- Permanent criminal record: A drug possession conviction can result in a permanent criminal record, which can affect your employment prospects, housing opportunities, and ability to obtain loans or financial aid.
- Driver's license suspension: If you are convicted of drug possession, your driver's license may be suspended for a certain period of time.
- Fines and court costs: Drug possession convictions often come with hefty fines and court costs that can put a significant financial strain on you.
- Probation: In some cases, instead of jail time, individuals convicted of drug possession may be placed on probation, which requires regular check-ins with a probation officer and adherence to certain conditions.
- Loss of professional licenses: If you hold a professional license, such as a medical or legal license, a drug possession conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of your license.
It is crucial to have an experienced drug possession attorney on your side who can navigate the legal system, protect your rights, and work towards the best possible outcome for your case. At Joseph Veith Law, we have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing drug possession charges in El Paso.
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Just because you were arrested for drug possession that does not mean you must admit guilt. There are several possible defenses to drug possession charges, so it is important to seek advice from an experienced attorney. Our El Paso drug possession lawyer has represented numerous clients in these types of cases and has a proven track record of success.
We can help you consider defense strategies, such as:
- Having a drug used for medical purposes, such as medical marijuana
- Having a prescription drug
- Not knowing the drug was in possession
- Having an insufficient quantity
- Having a drug not intended for human consumption
- Having a drug approved for investigational use
We can also evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and how evidence was gathered to make sure your Constitutional rights were not violated by law enforcement officers. For example, evidence collected during an unreasonable search may be challenged in court. This can make a big difference in the outcome of your case, so it is always in your best interests to get advice from an attorney before admitting guilt.
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