Drug laws with severe penalties are commonplace in the nation’s “War on Drugs,” and Texas drug laws are no exception. The key to overcoming or reducing drug charges can lie in mounting a vigorous defense from the very outset of the accusations against you. If you delay working with an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney such as those at Harris & Harris Law Group, you allow the prosecution a head start in putting together a solid drug case against you.
At Harris & Harris, we know Texas drug laws and are familiar with prosecutorial tactics for developing their drug cases. Communities throughout Dallas will benefit from our expertise in creating a strong defense against potentially damaging drug charges.
Drug Possession Crimes and Penalties
One of the most common drug offenses in any state is possession. Texas law sets out a classification system for controlled substances, which includes both illegal drugs and legal drugs that require a prescription. For instance, marijuana is in a category by itself, and possession of marijuana generally results in less severe penalties than possession of other illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine. The exact penalties for a drug possession charge will differ according to the classification of the illegal drug found in your possession, as well as the weight or amount of the drug that you possessed.
Possession of any type of illegal drug can result in either misdemeanor or felony charges. For instance, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana constitutes a Class B misdemeanor under Texas law, which carries a jail sentence of up to 180 days and a fine of up to $2,000. At the other extreme, possession of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana is an enhanced first degree felony, which can result in a prison sentence from five to 99 years, and a fine of up to $50,000. As a result, drug possession sentences vary widely. Additionally, any drug conviction under the Texas Controlled Substances Act can lead you to lose your driver’s license for up to six months and may make you ineligible for federal student loans and other federally funded loan programs.