Houston Dangerous Drug Possession Attorney
Possession of a Dangerous Drug charges can have serious consequences.
At the Darrow Law Firm we handle Possession of a Dangerous Drug charges in Houston and all surrounding communities. In the state of Texas, a person can be charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug by possessing a drug that is not considered a controlled substance by the Texas Health and Safety Code, even if you have a prescription. Convictions can result in a permanent criminal record, driver’s license suspension, and other associated consequences.
If you are arrested for drug possession in the state of Texas, you could face felony drug charges, depending upon the level of the offense. This is determined by the type of drug you have in your possession, the amount, and any aggravating circumstances surrounding the event (such as intent to deliver, or being in a drug free zone such as a school) at the time of your arrest.
Most drugs are classified into penalty groups, while marijuana has its own classification.
- Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone (over 300 mg), and Ketamine fall into this category and carry a minimum of two years in jail and a fine of $10,000.
- Penalty Group 1a: Hallucinogens like LSD fall into this category and carry a two year to life imprisonment penalty along with a fine of up to $250,000.
- Penalty Group 2: Ecstasy, PCP, Mescaline, Marinol, MDMA fall into this category, as does Hashish and forms of cannabis with resinous or extracted THC. Such drugs can carry a two year jail sentence for possessing less than one gram and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with fines of up to $50,000 for 400 grams or more.
- Penalty Group 3: Valium, Xanex, Ritalin, Hydrocodone (less than 300 mg.), and other common prescription drugs fall into this category. You could receive a maximum sentence for any amount over 200 grams and 20 years in prison along with a $10,000 fine.
- Penalty Group 4: Compounds containing limited amounts of narcotics that include nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients: e.g., codeine, morphine, difenoxin, Buprenorphine or Butorphanol, pyloverone.
If you are convicted of a drug possession offense, you may not only face long prison sentences, but other serious consequences as well and will the help of a skilled drug crimes lawyer. A conviction, even if you only receive probation, will result in suspension of your driver’s license for up to a year, will show up on your background check as a criminal offense forever, and can even prevent you from being able to receive federal student loans.
The Paul Darrow Law firm is devoted solely to criminal defense
When it comes to protecting your freedom and your future, don’t take any chances or settle for second best. Your choice of legal representation could make all the difference. If you are under investigation for any type of drug offense, it is imperative that you obtain qualified legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Paul Darrow today.
Paul is committed to excellence and believes in keeping a smaller case load in order to have the necessary time to dedicate to each client’s case. Paul will advocate for you vigorously to help you avoid jail time and to minimize penalties and fines.