Fort Bend &
Houston Drug Attorney
Have you, a friend, or a loved one been arrested and charged with a Drug crime? Houston Drug Attorney Korey Huff will ensure your freedom is protected.
If you are facing drug charges in Houston, Fort Bend, or surrounding cities/counties you should know that you are not alone. Drug charges are scary, but with the help of an aggressive, experienced defense Houston Drug Attorney, you could potentially get your case dismissed in certain situations. Below is a guide to help you understand the different types of drug charges in Texas and what the possible fines and penalties are for a conviction.
Types of Drug Charges & Crimes in Texas
Drug charges carry some of the heaviest fines and penalties in Texas. Being charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Deliver is a serious matter. Under Texas law, drug crimes are defined as an offense that involves the possession, sale, use, manufacturing or growing of any controlled substance/illegal narcotic. If you have been charged or arrested for conspiring to sell, possess, or manufacture drugs, you need an experiencedFort Bend/Houston drug Attorney. Call Korey Huff Now for a free consultation!
Drug / Narcotics Charges
Houston Drug Attorney, Korey Huff understands that Drug crimes in Houston can result in very serious penalties, including jail or prison time, fines, a criminal record, driver’s license suspensions or the loss of driving privileges, an inability to pursue certain professional occupations, and/or a refusal to be admitted to certain college or graduate school programs.
Notably, drug crimes are often punishable as federal offenses, in addition to state offenses. Federal drug crimes generally result in lengthier prison sentences and steeper fines. Therefore, it is essential to hire an experienced Fort Bend & Houston Drug Attorney to help you achieve the lightest possible sentence if you are convicted of a drug crime, or to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
Houston Drug Attorney
If you have been accused of a drug crime in Houston, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas Contact The Huff Law Firm.
Fort Bend & Houston Drug Attorney Attorney Korey Huff is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ drug laws and will make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Call The Huff Law Firm for a free consultation at (713) 562-8700 about your alleged drug offense.
Texas Controlled Substance Penalty Groups
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, controlled substances, including medications, chemicals, medications without prescriptions, prescription pills, street drugs, narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, man-made substances and natural substances are classified into four different penalty groups. According to the Texas Health and Safety Code §§ 481.101 – 105, these penalty groups are used to establish punishments for criminal drug offenses.
- Penalty Group I (PG-1) – Examples of substances in this group include, but are not limited to heroin, methamphetamines, codeine, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin, uppers, stimulants, speed, hydrocodone, GHB, the Date Rape Drug, Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, ketamine, Special K and cocaine.
- Penalty Group I-A (PG-1-A) – The only substance in this group is LSD or Lysergic acid diethylamide.
- Penalty Group II (PG-2) – Examples of substances in this group are Psilocybin, cathinone, magic mushrooms, bath salts, MDMA/ecstasy, and other hallucinogens.
- Penalty Group III (PG-3) – Examples of substances in the group can include Xanax, Valium, Lysergic acid, Zolpidem, Ambien, and drugs containing small amounts of narcotics.
- Penalty Group IV (PG-4) – Examples of substances in this penalty group include substances with limited quantities of narcotics but also contain one or more non-narcotic active medical ingredient.
Drug Offenses in Texas
Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, also known as the Texas Controlled Substance Act, defines all drug crimes and punishments throughout Houston. Some of the most commonly charged controlled substance offenses in Houston can include any of the following:
- An individual can be charged with possession of a controlled substance (POCS) under sections 481.115 through 481.118 of the Texas Health and Safety Code if they knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance without prescription from an individual licenses to practice medicine in the state. Penalties for this offense depend on the amount of the substance in the alleged offender’s possession.
- According to Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.112, an individual can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia if they knowingly or intentionally use or possess with the intent to use drug paraphernalia for planting, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, testing, analyzing, storing, restoring, containing or concealing a controlled substance, or to introduce the substance into the human body. This offense is punishable as a Class C misdemeanor.
- As defined in sections 481.112 through 481.114 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, an individual can be charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute if they knowingly possess any controlled substance listed in Penalty Groups I through IV with the intent to intent to a deliver or distribute the substance. The penalties for this offense can vary, depending on the amount of the substance possessed by the alleged offender and the penalty group the substance is classified in.
- According to sections 481.112 through 481.114 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and individual can be charged with drug manufacturing if they knowingly manufacture a controlled substance listed in Penalty Groups I through IV. The penalties for this offense can vary depending on the penalty group the substance is classified in and the amount of the substance manufactured.
- An individual can be charged with drug trafficking, according to the Texas Health and Safety Code §§ 481.112 – 481.114, if they knowingly traffic a substance classified in Penalty Groups I through IV. This offense usually involves a large quantity of drugs and a number of controlled substance offenses, such as drug manufacturing, drug delivery or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to a deliver. The penalties for this offense can vary depending on the amount of the substance trafficked and the penalty group the drug is classified under.
Penalties in Houston for Drug Crimes
Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the basic penalties for drug crimes throughout Houston. However, these penalties can increase, depending on a variety of factors, such as:
- Whether the alleged offender carried a weapon during the commission of the offense;
- Whether the offense involved a child under the age of 18;
- The quantity of the substance;
- What penalty group the substance was classified under;
- Whether the offense caused death or serious bodily injury to another person; and
- Whether the alleged offender has any previous criminal history.
The statutory provided penalties for misdemeanor and felony drug offenses in Texas are as follows:
- A Class B misdemeanor drug conviction can result in a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine not more than $2,000.
- A Class A misdemeanor drug conviction can result in a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.
- A state jail felony drug conviction can result in a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine not more than $10,000.
- A felony of the third degree drug conviction can result in a prison sentence from two to ten years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- A felony of the second degree drug conviction can result in a two to 20 year prison sentence and/or a fine not more than $10,000.
- A felony of the first degree drug conviction can result in a prison sentence from five years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine not more than $10,000.
- A life felony drug conviction can result in five years to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment and/or a fine not more than $250,000.
Some examples of the various types of drug charges in Texas include but are not limited to:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Felony Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Dangerous Drug (methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and other drugs)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (prescription drugs and other drugs)
- Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, etc.)
- Possession with Intent to Deliver (involves the distribution of drugs)
- Possession with Intent to Sell
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Smuggling
- Drug Sales
- Drug Manufacturing or Cultivation (including the growing/cultivation of marijuana)
- Prescription Fraud
If you, a friend, or a loved one are facing drug charges, contact Fort Bend & Houston Drug Attorney Korey Huff now at 713-562-8700 for a free consultation to see if your case can be dismissed and determine your legal options.
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