Experienced Defense Attorney for Drug Possession in North Texas
If you are facing drug possession charges in Tarrant County or Fort Worth, you should not try to fight your case alone. Facing charges for drug possession is serious, but with the help of an aggressive drug possession defense attorney you could potentially get your case dismissed in certain situations. Our office is currently accepting appointments, and all consultations are free and confidential. Get in touch with our firm to schedule a free consultation with Jeff Hampton, a drug possession lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas and founder of The Hampton Law Firm. Our law firm also offers a bail bond service available by phone 24 hours to help get you out of jail fast. Contact our Tarrant County bail bondsman now if you or a loved on is in jail.
Punishment for Possession of a Controlled Substance orNarcotic in Texas
Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of drug possession if he or she knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in Penalty Groups 1, 1A, or 2. These are considered controlled dangerous substances, and have a high probability of being abused by users, and causing addiction.
The penalty imposed depends on the amount of the drug that was involved in the offense. The more of a drug possessed, the harsher the sentence will be.
Texas Drug Possession Fines & Possible Prison Time
Penalty Group 1: Possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, etc., can carry 180 days to 99 years in prison, with a fine up to $250,000.00, depending on the amount of the drugs in possession.
Penalty Group 1A: Possession of LSD can carry 180 days to 99 years in prison, with a fine up to $250,000.00.
Penalty Group 2: Possession of Ecstasy, Mescaline, PCP, etc., can carry 180 days to 99 years in prison, with a fine up to $100,000.00.
Penalty Groups 3 & 4: Possession of Valium, Xanax, Ritalin, Morphine, etc., can carry 2 to 99 years in prison, with a fine up to $100,000.00.
If the police determine that you have a large amount of the drug, or that the drug is packaged in a way that indicates the drugs you allegedly possessed were for more than personal use, you could be facing even more severe penalties. That’s because for larger amounts, or if the prosecutor thinks that you intended to sell or traffic the drugs, you could also be charged with Drug Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute. A conviction of drug possession with intent to distribute carries hefty fines and some of the most severe penalties in Texas. If you’re going up against charges like this, you need to hire a lawyer for drug possession charges who has experience handling this type of case successfully. Our criminal law firm can help, contact us for a free consultation.
Possession of Prescription Narcotics & Controlled Substances
Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of possessing prescription pills and/or narcotics if he or she knowingly or intentionally possesses a drug listed in Penalty Group 3. A defense to the charge is that the person obtained the drug legally under a valid prescription ordered by a medical practitioner who was acting in the regular course of his professional practice. As in other drug offenses, the penalty depends on the quantity of drug possessed and ranges from one year in the county jail to life in prison.
The Texas Controlled Substance Act provides that a person commits a criminal offense if he knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver a controlled substance (as defined under the Penalty Group Classifications under the Texas Controlled Substance Act).
Possession of Marijuana
Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of possession of marijuana if the person intentionally or knowingly possesses a usable quantity of marijuana. If the amount of marijuana you are accused of possessing is less than 4 ounces, you could be facing a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge that carries with it the possibility of up to 1 year in the Tarrant County jail. If you have been accused of possessing an amount of marijuana that exceeds 4 ounces, you could be facing a felony possession of marijuana charge that could, depending upon the total weight of the drug and the circumstances of your case, result in imprisonment in a state jail facility for a minimum of 180 days, up to 99 years.
Following is a table of the Penalty Group Classifications for various illegal and controlled substances in Texas, and the penalties associated with different drugs of varying weights. If you have a court date scheduled, we strongly encourage you to retain legal counsel from an experienced attorney for drug charges.
Texas Drug Possession Punishment By Quantity & Type
Contact an Experienced Fort Worth Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
If you, or anyone you know, is facing a drug possession charge in Texas, contact The Hampton Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation. These are serious and multifaceted charges, and should never be faced without an aggressive, strategic drug possession attorney. Call 817-435-2909 now or fill out an online appointment request form.