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Busted for Drugs? Here Are the Possible Penalties in Texas

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It’s never a good idea to find out which drugs are strictly controlled by the state of Texas after being arrested. It just might be too late to avoid a serious criminal conviction. A drug conviction charge can devastate the future of both you and your family.

Texas Controlled Substances

The state of Texas has outlawed the manufacturing and recreational usage of certain harmful substances. These controlled substances are regarded as being potentially harmful and having no legitimate medical use in the United States. Controlled substances in Texas are defined and prohibited by the Texas Health and Safety Code and Controlled Substances Act.

The possession, manufacturing, delivery, transportation, transfer, sale or distribution of a controlled substance is prohibited. Some of the most common controlled substances are as follows:

Controlled Substances and Penalties

The following is a summary of the penalty groups and related punishments for violating the Texas Controlled Substances Act:

Group One

Penalty group one prohibits the manufacturing or possession of opiates, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin and their various derivatives.

  • Under One Gram – state jail felony conviction
  • Between One and Four Grams – 2nd degree felony conviction
  • Between Four and 200 Grams – 1st degree felony conviction
  • Between 200 and 400 Grams – between ten years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000
  • 400 Grams or More – between 15 years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000

Penalty group 1-a prohibits the manufacturing or use of LSD.

  • Under 20 Units – state jail felony conviction
  • Between 20 and 80 Units – 2nd degree felony conviction
  • Between 80 and 4,000 Units – 1st degree felony conviction
  • More than 4000 Units – between 15 years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000

Group Two

Penalty group two prohibits the manufacturing or use of mescaline, hallucinogens and other substances that possess the capacity to depress the central nervous system.

  • Under One Gram – state jail felony conviction
  • Between One and Four Grams – 2nd degree felony conviction
  • Between Four and 400 Grams – 1st degree felony conviction
  • More than 400 Grams – between 10 years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000

Group Three

Penalty group three prohibits the manufacturing or use of pentobarbital, peyote, codeine, phenmetrazine, steroids and various recreational stimulants.

  • Under 28 Grams – state jail felony conviction
  • Between 28 and 200 Grams2nd degree felony conviction
  • Between 200 and 400 Grams – 1st degree felony conviction
  • More than 400 Grams – between ten years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000

Group Four

Penalty group four prohibits narcotics that contain at least one non-narcotic active ingredient.

  • Under 28 Grams – state jail felony conviction
  • Between 28 and 200 Grams – 2nd degree felony conviction
  • Between 200 and 400 Grams – 1st degree felony conviction
  • More than 400 Grams – between 10 years and life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000

Get Professional Legal Help Today

Drugs are tough to defend against in the state of Texas without legal representation. If you have been caught manufacturing or distributing drugs, you will be facing some tough penalties. However, with a knowledgeable attorney you can fight the charges and possibly walk away with no penalties whatsoever.  Give Brett A. Podolsky a call today at 713.227.0087.

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