Drug-related offenses are very common offenses an individual can find themselves charged with. Drug offenses can include charges for possessing, selling, manufacturing and trafficking of controlled substances and illegal narcotics. The Texas Legislature has classified controlled substances and illegal narcotics into “schedules” which plays a determining factor in how an individual is prosecuted for an offense. Penalties for drug offenses can vary depending on the types of substance that an individual is alleged to have possessed, the quantity of the substance and the alleged offense. Our legal team is well-versed in handling all types of drug-related offenses and will ensure that your case receives the time and attention it needs.
Penalties for drug offenses can vary depending on the types of substance that an individual is alleged to have possessed, the quantity of the substance and the alleged offense. Punishment ranges for drug-related offenses are the most varied in the criminal justice system. The lowest level drug offenses such as possession of drug paraphernalia are class c misdemeanors and punishable by fine only, similar to a traffic citation. Possession of penalty group one drugs between 4-200 grams can be punishable as a first-degree felony if there is an intent to deliver the drugs. This offense is punishable anywhere from five years to life in prison.
Penalty Group 1 substances include opioids, opium derivatives and/ or opiates such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, ketamine, LSD, mescaline psilocybin and similar hallucinogens.
Penalty Group 2 substances include ecstasy (MDMA), PCP, hashish and other cannabinoids derived from marijuana.
Penalty Group 3 substances include opioids and opiates not listed under penalty group 1, benzodiazepines ad sedatives such as valium, anabolic steroids, Ritalin and other prescription drugs that have either a stimulant or depressant effect and potential for abuse.
Penalty Group 4 substances include opioids and opiates not listed in penalty group 1, and a range of prescription medications and various chemical compounds that have a potential for abuse.
Marijuana Group substances include marijuana and synthetic marijuana commonly known as K2 and Spice.
Drug offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Dangerous Drug
- Possession of Controlled Substance
- Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance
- Obtain Prescription Drugs by Fraud
Our legal team is well-versed in handling all types of drug-related offenses and will ensure that your case receives the time and attention it needs.