Drug Possession Penalty Groups and Their Consequences

In Texas, drug possession charges are prosecuted very seriously. Interestingly, the Texas Health and Safety code is responsible for dividing drugs into different categories, which are then given different charges based on the amount that you possess. For instance, possession of 2 grams of marijuana may not be charged with the same crime as 2 grams of cocaine.

No matter the drug, it is important that you only face the charges with an experienced, skilled attorney by your side. If you have been charged with drug possession in Texas, an attorney may be able to help you have your charges reduced or even dismissed. To learn more, contact a determined Dallas drug offenses lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

What Drugs are in Each Group?

The Texas Health and Safety code distinguishes drugs based on their chemistry as well as effects on the body. Similar items are then grouped accordingly into penalty groups. In Texas, the penalty groups, excluding marijuana-related charges, are:

  • 1 – Opiates and opium derivatives such as heroin and codeine as well as cocaine, ketamine, and methamphetamine
  • 1A – LSD and its derivatives
  • 2 – hallucinogenic drugs like mescaline, PCP, amphetamines, and Ecstasy
  • 3 – drugs that affect the nervous system such as barbiturates, peyote, and diazepam (commonly known as Valium)
  • 4 – mixtures of narcotic drugs

Penalties for the Groups

Penalty groups 1, 1-A, and 2 can all result in felonies ranging from state jail felonies to enhanced first degree felonies, depending on the amount possessed. Penalty groups 3 and 4 range from class A misdemeanor to enhanced first degree felony. Marijuana possession can be penalized with charges from a class B misdemeanor to an enhanced first degree felony.

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Whether you are facing a class B misdemeanor or an enhanced first degree felony for drug possession, it is important that you still work to protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we hold strong to the fact that you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a tenacious Dallas drug crime defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today to discuss your case.


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