Charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs
The state of Texas has continued in its tradition of punishing drug offenders very harshly for their illegal actions. This is particularly noticeable in the laws concerning possession with intent to distribute. Even with relatively small amounts of certain illicit substances, you can be sent to jail for an extremely long time if the court determined that you intended to deliver the drugs.
Due to the possibility of being sentenced to a disproportionate and unfair jail term, it is of paramount importance that you do everything to protect yourself from this outcome. The most productive way of effectively defending yourself is to work with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can represent you in a manner that gives you the greatest chance at getting these charges reduced or dismissed.
Georgetown Possession with Intent to Distribute Attorney
Michael J. Price is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has worked with many individuals facing drug charges. Their dedication to excellent client service and the protection of our inherent rights as United States citizens has given clients confidence during tense situations.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the specifics of your cases, call (512) 354-1880 or send an online message today. In addition to serving Georgetown, Law Office of Michael J. Price also works with individuals throughout Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Killeen, and Temple, among others.
Controlled Substance Penalty Group Classifications
Penalty Group 1 lists what the state of Texas believes are the most dangerous illicit substances available. This includes Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Opium Extracts, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Cocaine, GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol.
Penalty Group 1a consists of drugs that have strong hallucinatory effects and includes LSD. Penalty Group 2 consists of less potent hallucinatory drugs. This includes Psilocybin (mushrooms), Tetrahydrocannabinols (other than marijuana), Amphetamine and Methaqualone.
Penalty Group 3 includes material that is associated with a stimulant effect on the central nervous system. Some of the common drugs include Methylphenidate, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Dihydrocodeinone, Barbital, Peyote, Anabolic Steroids and Testosterone.
Penalty Group 4 focuses on compounds containing limited quantities of narcotics. This includes codeine (200 mg or less per 100 grams) Dihydrocodeine (100 mg or less per 100 grams), Ethylmorphine (100 mg or less per 100 grams) and Opium (15 mg or less per 28.35 grams).
Possession with Intent to Distribute under Texas Law
According to §481.112 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, a person commits the offense of possession with intent to distribute if the person knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
The penalty for this offense is commensurate with the type of drug that the accused was found with and how much. This can range from a state jail felony to a life term in prison. The type of drug is classified under 5 penalty groups, with Penalty Group 1 being the most severe.
For all penalty groups, no matter what the drug, if you are found with 400 grams or more, you may be charged with a life term in prison. This means that the presumptive sentence will be a term of not more than 99 years, but no less than 10 years in prison, and / or a fine not to exceed $100,000 (§481.112). For Penalty Group 1 though, you may be sentenced to a life term even if you are found with less than 400 grams (but more than 200).
Being found with less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 Substance, on the other hand, is still considered a felony, but will only be considered a state jail felony. This charge comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 2 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000. This is compared to a Penalty Group 3 or 4 substance, in which being found with less than 28 grams will also be considered a state jail felony.
First and second-degree felonies are also given for particular amounts within each penalty group. A felony of the second degree will come with a presumptive sentence of up to 20 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000. First-degree felonies, on the other hand, will come with a presumptive sentence of up to 99 years in jail, but no less than 5 and / or fines of up to 10,000 (§12.32).
Law Office of Michael J. Price | Williamson County Possession with Intent to Distribute Arrest
If you or a loved one has been charged with the very serious crime of possession with intent to distribute, immediately getting started on developing a strong defense is vital in the eventual outcome of the criminal proceedings. This helps your attorney gather time-sensitive evidence, including documents and witness testimony.
Michael J. Price is an experienced and knowledgeable Georgetown criminal defense attorney who can use his extensive insight and legal perspective of the Texas Penal Code to effectively represent you in the court of law. With a dedication to protecting the rights of the clients they serve, Michael J. Price can be counted on to pursue your best interests and not the easiest outcome. This may include fighting for outcomes such as case dismissal and not guilty verdicts.
Call (512) 354-1880 or send an online message to schedule a free, confidential consultation. In addition to working with Georgetown residents, Law Office of Michael J. Price also proudly represents individuals throughout Williamson County and Bell County.