I was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in Rockwall. What penalties do I face if convicted?
If you’ve been arrested on drug charges, you need to run, not walk, to the most knowledgeable and competent criminal defense attorney you can find. In the Rockwall area that would be Brian Corrigan. Possession, manufacturing and distribution of drugs can bring tough penalties, even if this is your first offense. A drug arrest has the potential to ruin your life. In Texas it is against the law to possess, manufacture, distribute or use illegal substances including narcotics, marijuana and heroin.
The punishment you face depends upon the quantity of drugs involved and the drug’s classification under the Texas Controlled Substances Act. The law also allows Texas courts to enhance punishments if you are found guilty of possessing a controlled substance in a “drug free zone” such as a school.
Drug crimes in Rockwall have a particular history of strict penalties upon conviction. Such crimes include drug possession, sale or intent to sell drugs, illegal possession of prescription drugs, drug trafficking, importation, transportation, cultivation and more. It is also illegal to abuse prescription drugs.
You can even be arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.002(17), drug paraphernalia in Texas is defined as any equipment, material or product used to plant, cultivate, grow, harvest, propagate, manufacture, compound, convert, process, prepare, test, produce, analyze, test, package, repackage, contain, store or conceal any controlled substance, or to otherwise introduce any controlled substance into the human body.
An individual can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia under Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.112 if they knowingly or intentionally use or possess with the intent to use drug paraphernalia for containing, growing, planting, cultivating, storing, harvesting, compounding, producing, manufacturing, converting, processing, testing, analyzing, or concealing any controlled substance or for the purpose of introducing a drug, chemic or controlled substance into the human body.
Depending upon the circumstances, convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia or possession of a controlled substance can range from a Class C Misdemeanor up to a state jail felony and a jail sentence from 180 days to two years as well as a $10,000 fne.