A Quick Guide to Texas Drug Possession Charges

Criminal Defense Lawyer | DWI, Drug, Theft & Assault Charges

By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(972) 369-0577

www.rosenthalwadas.com

Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code govern drug offenses in Texas.  Don’t bother trying to look it up.  It’s an impossible maze and you’d need a pharmacy degree to understand.  And even then it’s tough.  Here’s a quick and dirty guide:

Three Factors Determine Offense Level for Drug Possession

The main factors are; (1) the type of drug; (2) the amount; and (3) surrounding aggravating circumstances (such as drug-free zone or possession with intent to deliver.)

Penalty Groups

Drugs are classified into penalty groups and there is a special group for marijuana.  Though this isn’t a complete list, it should give you a good idea… and you can click on the link for a complete list of each penalty group:

Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, Heroine, Methamphetamine, Ketamine, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone (over 300 mg).

Penalty Group…

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