Waco Drug Crimes Attorneys
Blanchard & Thomas in Dallas, Temple & Woodway
Texas is known for coming down hard on those charged with the possession, manufacture, distribution, or trafficking of drugs. Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or are bearing the brunt of overzealous law enforcement, it is crucial that you get in touch with a Waco drug crimes lawyer from our firm. Blanchard & Thomas has years of experience handling a variety of criminal cases while fighting to get clients’ charges reduced or dismissed, when possible. Although we cannot guarantee a specific outcome for any given case, we can guarantee a high level of personal service and representation that is backed by the experience of a former police officer and former Assistant District Attorney.
Drug Penalty Groups in Texas
The 1970 Controlled Substances Act classified drugs into five categories, referred to as schedules. On the extremes of the spectrum lie Schedule I and Schedule V. Schedule I drugs refer to drugs that have no medicinal purpose but are highly addictive to users and Schedule V drugs are those that are commonly used for medical purposes, lightly controlled, and hold limited chances of abuse.
For penalty purposes, the Texas Health and Safety Code groups drugs from Schedules I through V together in penalty groups.
“PG” stands for penalty groups and these categories include:
- PG1: This group mostly includes heavily-controlled narcotics such as opioids, cocaine, meth, ketamine, mescaline, psilocybin, and more
- PG1-A: This group includes LSD and derivative salts or isomers
- PG2: This group mostly includes hallucinogenic drugs such as PCP, ecstasy, and mescaline
- PG2-A: This group applies to chemical mimics of cannabinoids such as spice or K2
- PG3: This group includes opioids not mentioned in PG1 as well as certain sedatives, anabolic steroids, and other prescription drugs with potential for abuse
- PG4: This group also includes opioids not mentioned in PG1 as well as prescription medications or chemical compounds with potential for abuse
Each group outlines the classification and penalty for the crimes committed. Crimes of manufacturing or delivering drugs are typically punished more severely than crimes of possession. Marijuana is recognized as a separate matter due to the increase of legality within the United States.
Factors Involved in Determining Your Sentence
There are many factors which will help determine your sentence if you have been convicted of a drug crime.
The following will influence the severity of your sentence:
- The penalty group
- The amount of drugs
- The presence of a minor
Is Drug Possession a Felony in Texas?
The extent of the penalty depends highly on the drug type. The penalty can range from a third degree penalty all the way to a first degree. The highest penalty one can receive for a drug possession in Texas is 99 years behind bars, and/or a fine of up to $250,000. There are four groups that drug possession penalties fall under, with marijuana being in its own. The minimum charge in Texas would be a Class B or Class A, however it can still carry a penalty of up to one year in jail, as well as a fine up to $4,000.
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Take advantage of our guidance and resources to help you get your case started off on the right foot. Time is of the essence in building a solid defense to your charges and our firm can provide you with the dedicated service you need to effectively tell your side of the story and fight for your future.
We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us personally.
We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.
We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mails within 24 to 48 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to know what we know and vice-versa. We want to ensure they can make informed decisions from start to finish.
While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.
We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.