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If you have been arrested for a Drug Crime, such as Possession of a Controlled Substance, the penalties you face depend on the type and the amount of the drug you are accused of possessing. Under Texas law, there are four classes of drugs. The following describes common drugs that are found in the four penalty groups in Texas:


Penalty Group 1:


  • Cocaine

  • Methamphetamine

  • Crack

  • Heroine

  • Ketamine

  • Oxycodone

  • Hydrocodone


Penalty Group 1A:


  • LSD


Penalty Group 2:


  • Bath Salts

  • Ecstasy

  • PCP

  • Mescaline

  • Mushrooms

  • Adderall

  • Marinol


Penalty Group 2A:


  • Synthetic Marijuana


Penalty Group 3:


  • Xanax

  • Valium

  • Hydrocodone (less than 15mg/dose)

  • Ritalin

  • Clonazepam

  • Diazepam

  • Codeine (less than 90mg/dose)

  • Lorazepam

  • Ambien

  • Testosterone

  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH)


Penalty Group 4:


  • Morphine

  • Motofen

  • Opium

  • Buprenorphine

  • Pyrovalerone


To learn about the punishment ranges for each penalty group, go to Drug Charges - Penalties.


Defending a Drug Possession Charge


To be convicted of a Drug Possession charge, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly and intentionally possessed or had control over a controlled drug for which you do not have a prescription or order from a doctor. If you have been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Texas, an experienced Criminal Defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid a conviction.


Although addiction is not a defense to a drug possession charge, there are many defenses that can be raised under Texas law. Each case is different, so it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Criminal Defense attorney to understand your options. If you have been arrested for Drug Possession in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Texas Criminal Defense lawyer.


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