Having Knowledgeable Representation On Your Side When Facing Controlled Substance Charges
If you have been arrested in Austin, Texas and/or any county in the state of Texas for possession of a controlled substances (POCS) or illegal and dangerous drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, Xanax and hydrocodone, then you need a good criminal defense attorney who will work aggressively to try and save your record.
The Penalties For Controlled Substance Possession
If you have been arrested for POCS or illegal and dangerous drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, Xanax and hydrocodone, in Austin, Texas, then you should know that such a violation is punishable by one day in the county jail to up to 99 years in prison, or life in prison with the possibility of parole. Fines may range from $1 up to $250,000.
This wide range of punishment is based on the type of controlled substance which determines the penalty group, and the weight (amount) of the controlled substance found in your possession or in some instances the number of units of the controlled substance.
Standard Punishment Range By Class And Degree Of Drug Charge
Punishments can include:
- State jail felony $10,000 — 180 days to two years
- Class A misdemeanor $4,000 — one day to one year
- Class B misdemeanor $2,000 — one day to 180 days
- Class C misdemeanor $500 — None
Other significant consequences to a conviction if you have been arrested in Dallas, Texas, for possession of a controlled substances or illegal and dangerous drugs include:
- The suspension of your driver’s license
- Becoming ineligible to receive student loans and grants
In Texas, even a trace amount of certain controlled substances or illegal and dangerous drugs can be enough for a felony conviction.