Drug Crime Defense Attorney in Austin, TX
Texas drug crimes can carry harsh penalties. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is vital to hire a skilled drug crime defense attorney as soon as possible. Skilled Central Texas lawyer Jason Katims has the experience to resolve your case in the best possible way. Call us today at 512-900-9769 to schedule your initial consultation.
The most common drug crimes involve possession. As the name implies, you can be charged with possession if you have an illicit drug, including a prescription medication that was not prescribed to you. All drugs are separated into four categories, each with its own sentencing guidelines. Within each category, the more of the drug you have, the higher the maximum penalties.
Penalty Group I (PG-1): These substances are said to have a high potential for abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine, and methamphetamine. Possession of less than one gram carries jail time of six months to two years and a fine of up to $10,000, while possession of very large quantities could bring life imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Note that LSD falls into this group as Penalty Group IA, with possession amounts based on units rather than grams and a maximum fine of $250,000. MDMA is also frequently charged in this group as methamphetamine.
Penalty Group II (PG-2): These substances include non-LSD hallucinogens, such as mushrooms, and PCP, as well as certain high-risk drugs such Quaaludes. They carry similar penalties to PG-1 drugs, with a maximum fine of $50,000. Penalty Group IIA includes synthetics designed to mimic cannabinoids, with possession amounts measured in ounces instead of grams.
Penalty Group III (PG-3): These are primarily common controlled medications in the United States, such as anabolic steroids, Valium, Ritalin, and codeine-containing products. Peyote also falls into this group. Possession of less than 28 grams is a Class A misdemeanor, while higher quantities fall into escalating levels of felony.
Penalty Group IV (PG-4): This group consists of medications containing small amounts of controlled substances, such as cough syrup with codeine. Possession of less than 28 grams is a Class B misdemeanor, while higher quantities fall into escalating levels of felony.
First-Time Marijuana Possession
Marijuana remains illegal on the federal and state levels. However, some counties in Texas, including Travis County, have slightly more lenient policies. That being said, police can still arrest people in these places for marijuana possession and use the marijuana arrest to conduct searches on vehicles and homes. Otherwise, possession of up to two ounces is a Class B misdemeanor, two to four ounces is a Class A misdemeanor, and higher amounts bring escalating levels of felony charges.
Drugs and DWI Charges
You may be charged with DWI if you drive while under the influence of drugs in Texas. You will be subject to the same sentencing guidelines as those who drive drunk, in addition to the penalties for possession of the drug in question.
How We Can Help
Texas takes drug crimes very seriously, and you should expect to face consequences if you are convicted. However, a skilled drug crime defense attorney can help reduce penalties. We know how to negotiate a plea deal, mount a defense, and recommend reasonable sentencing if you are found guilty. Depending on the circumstances, we may even be able to get some charges dropped.
About Jason Katims, Attorney at Law
Born and raised in Texas, Jason Katims is committed to personal freedom.
In 2018, he was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Law, and by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Texas.