In Texas, offenses involving controlled substances are taken extremely seriously and carry a wide range of penalties including fines and prison sentences. Penalties for narcotics crimes typically depend on the type as well as the amount of the substance involved.
Common Drug Crimes:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Cocaine
- Prescription Drug Charges
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Manufacturing
In Texas, controlled substances are classified into penalty groups based on their potential for abuse, as well as their harmfulness. These penalty groups, which are outlined in the Texas Controlled Substances Act, help the courts determine the penalties for offenses involving illegal controlled substances. Some of the commonly used narcotics from each penalty group are as follows:
Penalty Group I – Cocaine, Codeine, Marijuana, Oxycodone, Opium, Methadone, Ketamine, and Methamphetamines (Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. § 481.102).
Penalty Group II – Mescaline, Ecstasy, Methaqualone, and Amphetamine (Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. § 481.103)
Penalty Group III – Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Xanax, Methylphenidate, and Valium (Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. § 481.104)
Penalty Group IV – Compounds or mixtures that contain limited amounts of narcotics, and one or more active medical ingredients. (Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. § 481.105)
If you have been arrested on drug charges contact us today to discuss the details surrounding your alleged narcotics offense. As a devoted drug defense attorney, Dave Parent will analyze the evidence in your case and develop a defense strategy that is best suited to achieve your desired outcome.