Galveston Drug Crime Defense Lawyers
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Being charged and convicted for a drug crime can have a serious impact on your life. Texas takes drug crimes seriously, whether it is simple possession or felony trafficking. While other states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, Texas still prohibits marijuana for any use.
Being found with harder drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or fraudulently-obtained prescription medicines can lead to even harsher penalties.
Because of all the ramifications of a drug crime conviction, you need a drug crime attorney with strong legal skills, knowledge, and the determination to help you. You can depend on our legal ability at Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC.
Reach out our Galveston drug crime defense attorneys at (409) 204-5566 for a free case review.
Texas Drug Crimes
Drug crimes involve a range of activities related to controlled substances that have been categorized according to their addictiveness and medical value. Under Texas law, four penalty groups have been established for controlled substances, with Penalty Group 1 being the most serious. This group contains such drugs as cocaine and heroin.
How you are charged in any drug crime will depend on the penalty group of the drug, the type of activity involved, and whether you have any prior convictions.
Drug crimes include:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
For drug possession, the severity of the crime and penalties depend on what type of drug was involved and how much of it, whether drug paraphernalia was found, and whether the defendant has nay prior convictions.
For possession of a penalty Group I drug, possession of less than 1 gram is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or at least 180 days in jail or up to 2 years in prison. On the other extreme, possession of 400 grams or more is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and/or at least ten (and up to 99) years in prison.
In regards to marijuana, the least serious offense is the possession of less than two ounces which is charged as a Class B misdemeanor. It carries penalties of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000, and probation. Larger quantities will result in steeper penalties.
Possible defenses against drug possession charges include:
- You did not know the drugs were in your possession
- You did not intend to consume the drugs or have anyone else consume them
- There is an approved use for the drug under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
- The drug is marijuana for medical use
- You have a prescription from a doctor to use the drug
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