Have You Been Charged With a Drug Charge in Tarrant County?
Drug charges are serious, even for a Class B Possession of Marijuana. Attorney Craig Dameron has experience defending the rights of people charged with drug violations, in both possession and delivery cases. Call (817) 222-0624 to make a no-obligation consultation appointment.
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DRUG CRIME

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Drug Charges

In Tarrant County, controlled substance offenses are taken extremely seriously and carry a wide range of penalties including fines and prison sentences. Penalties for drug crimes typically depend on what is known as the “penalty group” as well as the weight of the substance involved. If you have been arrested for a crime involving illegal drugs, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.  Do not delay as many options our firm has in getting your case reduced or dismissed can be time sensitive.

 

Drug Penalty Groups and Penalty Ranges

In Texas, drugs are placed into categories called penalty groups.  Each type of drug is classified within a penalty group and the penalty group determines the severity of the charge and the punishment ranges. Below are the penalty groups as set forth in the Texas Controlled Substance Act (note that marijuana is classified separately):

  • Penalty Group 1 includes Heroin, Cocaine, and Meth (methamphetamine).
  • Penalty Group 1-A includes LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide).
  • Penalty Group 2 includes THC, Mescaline, PCP (phencyclidine), Psilocybin, Ecstasy.
  • Penalty Group 2-A includes Synthetic cannabinoids, known by names such as Spice, K2, and others.
  • Penalty Group 3 includes Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Hydrocodone, Anabolic Steroids, and Ritalin (methylphenidate).
  • Penalty Group 4 includes Codeine and Opium.

 

Texas Health and Safety Code details the punishment ranges for Penalty Group 1 drug offenses:

 

  • Possession of less than 1 gram is considered a state jail felony;
  • More than 1 gram and less than 4 grams is a 3rd degree felony;
  • More than 4 grams and less than 200 grams is a 2nd degree felony;
  • More than 200 grams and less than 400 grams is a 1st degree felony;
  • More than 400 grams is eligible for life imprisonment or a term of 10 to 99 years and up to a $100,000 fine.

 

Texas Health and Safety Code deals with Penalty Group 1-A drug offenses:

  • If the number of abuse units is less than 20, the offense is a state jail felony;
  • If the number of abuse units is more than 20 and less than 80, it is a 3rd degree felony;
  • If the number of abuse units is more than 80 and less than 4000, it is a 2nd degree felony;
  • If there are more than 4000 units but less than 8000 units, it is a 1st degree felony;
  • Possession of more than 8000 units is eligible for a sentence of life imprisonment or a term of 15 to 99 years and up to a $250,000 fine.

 

Texas Health and Safety Code deals with Penalty Group 2 drug offenses:

  • Possession of less than 1 gram is considered a state jail felony;
  • Possession of more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams is a 3rd degree felony;
  • Possession of more than 4 grams but less than 400 grams is a 2nd degree felony;
  • And possession of more than 400 grams is eligible for a sentence of life imprisonment or a term of 5 to 99 years and up to a $50,000 fine

 

Texas Health and Safety Code, deals with Penalty Group 3 drug offenses:

  • Possession of less than 28 grams is considered a Class A misdemeanor;
  • Possession of more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams is a 3rd degree felony;
  • Possession of more than 200 grams and less than 400 grams is a 2nd degree felony;
  • And possession of more than 400 grams is eligible for a sentence of life imprisonment or a term of 5 to 99 years and up to a $50,000 fine.

 

Texas Health and Safety Code, deals with Penalty Group 4 drug offenses:

  • Possession of less than 28 grams is considered a Class B misdemeanor;
  • Possession of more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams is a 3rd degree felony;
  • Possession of more than 200 grams but less than 400 grams is a 2nd degree felony;
  • And possession of more than 400 grams is eligible for a sentence of life imprisonment or a term of 5 to 99 years and up to a $50,000 fine

 

Experienced Tarrant County Defense Attorney for Crimes Involving Controlled Substances

Being charged with a crime can be a terrifying experience. When faced with the possibility of serving years behind bars, arming yourself with an attorney may be the most important decision of your life.  Make sure that your rights are protected when being faced with drug-related charges. One cannot stress the importance of having a skilled criminal defense attorney when facing charges of possession of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth, heroine, and non-prescribed legal controlled substances.

 

Having an experienced attorney at your side will afford you the best defense possible if you find yourself facing charges involving illegal drugs. In addition, Craig Dameron is familiar with Tarrant County diversion programs that first-time offenders may be eligible to participate.  Criminal Defense Lawyer Craig Dameron will work hard to have your case dismissed or the best outcome possible.

 

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense in Tarrant County, call the Dameron Law Firm at (817)-222-0624 for a free consultation. Do not delay as many options our firm has in getting your case reduced or dismissed can be time sensitive.

If any of these areas concern you, please feel to contact us!
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