Drug Possession Defense in Plano, TX
Get a Proven Defense to Your Drug Possession Charges in Texas
If you have been charged with drug possession, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Drug possession is a serious offense that can result in a lengthy prison sentence, thousands of dollars in fines, and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. At the Law Office of Mac Morris, our skilled criminal defense attorney has handled hundreds of cases. We will use our experience, knowledge, and skill to help you avoid the consequences of a drug possession charge.
Schedule your free consultation with our Plano drug possession lawyer by calling (972) 846-8214 or filing a request online.
What Is Considered Drug Possession in Texas?
Texas law defines drug possession as knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled substance. A controlled substance is any substance listed in the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Texas law prohibits possession of a controlled substance unless the person has a valid prescription from a licensed physician.
Drug possession can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The type of charge will depend on the type of drug and the amount of the drug that was possessed. The amount of the drug possessed is a factor in determining whether a misdemeanor or felony charge will be filed.
Drug Possession Penalties in Texas
If a person is found to be in possession of less than one gram of cocaine, meth, heroin, or any Schedule I or II substance, it is typically considered a state jail felony, which is the lowest level of felony offense in Texas. State jail felonies are punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to 2 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Possession of larger amounts of cocaine can lead to more severe penalties. The specific thresholds and corresponding penalties can vary.
Here are some general guidelines based on the weight of the cocaine:
- 1 gram to 4 grams: This is a third-degree felony, which can result in a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- 4 grams to 200 grams: This is a second-degree felony, carrying a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- 200 grams to 400 grams: This is a first-degree felony, with penalties including a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Over 400 grams: This is considered an enhanced first-degree felony, which can result in a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
Meth Possession in Texas
In Texas, the possession, sale, and use of marijuana are generally illegal. The possession of any amount of marijuana is considered a crime, and penalties vary based on the amount of marijuana involved.
Here is an overview of the penalties for marijuana possession in Texas:
- Possession of small amounts (less than 2 ounces): Possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
- Possession of 2 to 4 ounces: Possessing between 2 and 4 ounces of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
- Possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds: Possessing between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana is considered a state jail felony, which can result in a prison term ranging from 180 days to 2 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of 5 to 50 pounds: Possession of marijuana weighing between 5 and 50 pounds is a third-degree felony. The punishment can include a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds: Possession of marijuana weighing between 50 and 2,000 pounds is a second-degree felony, carrying a potential prison term of 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of 2,000 pounds or more: Possessing 2,000 pounds or more of marijuana is considered a first-degree felony, with penalties that can include a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life, as well as a fine of up to $50,000.
Why Choose the Law Office of Mac Morris for Your Drug Possession Defense?
Attorney Morris has handled hundreds of cases and is ready to use his experience, knowledge, and skill to help you. We will fight for your rights and pursue a favorable outcome for your case. We offer a free consultation so you can meet with our attorney and learn more about your case. Our firm is available to answer your questions and provide the representation you need.