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Possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other controlled substances can result in significant criminal charges. Depending on the amount and type of substance, you can face consequences ranging from fines and probation to jail time or a prison sentence.
If you have been charged, you must contact an Austin drug & marijuana attorney online or call us at (512) 991-0576 to get your criminal defense started.
What is a Drug or Marijuana Charge?
A drug or marijuana possession charge has two main elements that prosecutors must be able to prove:
1) the defendant knew the drug in question was a controlled substance
2) the defendant knowingly had possession of or control of the drug in question
In this case, possession includes access to the drug even if the drug in question is not on the defendant's person. For example, if the defendant's car contains marijuana and the defendant has keys to the car, the defendant possesses that marijuana.
Drug & Marijuana Penalties in Austin
The penalty for a drug or marijuana charges depends on a variety of factors, including the type of drug, the amount of the drug, the defendant's criminal history, and any other crimes committed in conjunction with possession of the drug. These factors can result in a charge ranging from a class B misdemeanor to a life felony, with the latter punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years to life in prison.
A drug or marijuana charge can have detrimental consequences, especially in the State of Texas. An experienced Austin drug and marijuana lawyer can craft a smart defense and potentially get your case dismissed through participation in the Austin Drug Courts.
Texas Penalties for Possession of Heroin
If you are caught with possession of heroin in Texas, no matter the amount, it is considered a felony and comes with the following penalties:
Less than a gram: considered a “state jail felony” with a jail sentence of 180 days to 2 years. A fine of up to $10,000 may be included.
1-3.99 grams: considered a “third degree felony” with a jail sentence of 2-10 years. A fine of up to $10,000 may be included.
4-199 grams: considered a “second degree felony” with a jail sentence of 2-20 years. A fine of up to $10,000 may be included.
200-399 grams: considered a “first degree felony” with a jail sentence of 5-99 years. A fine of up to $10,000 may be included.
- 400+ grams: considered an “enhanced first degree felony” with a jail sentence of 10-99 years. A fine of up to $100,000 may be included.
To get the representation you deserve, contact our Austin drug and marijuana attorneys online or via phone at (512) 991-0576.