Being convicted of possession of a controlled substance can result in drastic consequences on a
person’s life. A defendant may face significant time in prison or jail, and he may also be forced
to pay large fines. In some cases, he can even be excluded from entering certain professions or
lose a part of his freedom by surrendering his right to drive legally. A defendant may also face
larger penalties if the prosecution tacks on an additional charge to the existing ones, such as
possession with intent to sell. It is vitally important for a defendant to contact a knowledgeable
criminal defense attorney like Rand Mintzer when he or she is accused of a serious drug charge.
The definition for the crime of possession of a controlled substance is included in the Texas Health
and Safety Code in sections 481.115 through 481.118. According to these sections, a defendant must
intentionally or knowingly possess a controlled substance for which he does not have a prescription
in order to be convicted of this crime. Specific drugs are listed in Penalty Groups I through IV.
The potential punishment for the possession of a controlled substance depends on the type of drug
that the defendant is accused of possessing and the amount of the drug that he allegedly kept.
If a prosecutor includes additional charges, the penalties can be even higher.
Some of the possible penalties for each type of drug are listed below:
Rand Mitzer is an experienced criminal defense attorney who aggressively defends his clients against serious drug-related charges. If you would like to get help for your drug possession allegations, call Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law at 713-862-8880. Mr. Mintzer will do whatever it takes to secure justice for you.