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Effective Defense in Collin County

Having a skilled attorney by your side as you fight drug charges is crucial to obtaining a positive outcome. If you have been charged for a drug offense in Collin County, rely on Underwood & Associates to help you build a strong defense. Our McKinney and Collin County drug crime attorney has handled thousands of cases and is ready to help you protect your rights and freedom inside and outside the courtroom.

We represent clients accused of all types of drug offenses, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug trafficking
  • Intent to deliver
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Felony drug crimes
  • Prescription drug offenses
  • Internet drug sales

Call (972) 449-7091 or contact us online to obtain dedicated representation against your charges.

Drug Penalty Groups in Texas

In Texas, controlled substances are regulated by the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Under this Act, substances are divided into six different categories, which are called penalty groups. The penalties for drug crimes are directly linked with the substance’s classification, as each penalty group has a range of minimum and maximum punishments based on the amount of substance possessed. Penalty Group 1 carries the harshest punishment and Penalty Group 4 the least. Marijuana is not included in any of the six groups, but instead has its own laws and penalties.

The penalty groups include:

  • Penalty Group 1 – This group includes a variety of opiates (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine), opium derivatives and isomers (such as Heroine, and Fentanyl), Ketamine, opium salts and extracts, and methamphetamine. Possession of a PG 1 substance is a felony. Penalties begin at 180 days to 2 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. When the offense involves larger amounts of the drug, a conviction can be punished by 10 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
  • Penalty Group 1-A – This penalty group is dedicated to LSD and its derivatives (including salt, isomer, or salts of isomers). Possession of a PG 1-A substance is always charged as a felony. A conviction for a small amount of the substance can result in 180 days to 2 years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000. Larger amounts could land an offender in prison for 15 to 99 years and cost $250,000 in fines.
  • Penalty Group 2 – Hallucinogenic drugs like PCP, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline are placed in Penalty Group 2. Possession of a PG 2 substance is a felony. If you possess less than one gram, you could face 180 days to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Possession of 400 grams or more can be penalized by 5 to 99 years in jail and a maximum fine of $50,000.
  • Penalty Group 2-A – Artificial chemical compounds that mimic cannabinoids (like K2 and Spice) fall under Penalty Group 2-A. Those found possessing less than two ounces will face a Class B misdemeanor. Possession of 2 to 4 ounces of a PG 2-A drug will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. Any amount above 4 ounces will result in felony charges. While smaller amounts carry a punishment of up to 1 year in jail, large amounts can result in 5 to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.
  • Penalty Group 3 – This group is made up of opiates and opioids that do not fall under Penalty Group 1, including methylphenidate (Ritalin), benzodiazepines, Valium, anabolic steroids, and a range of prescription drugs that have either a depressant or stimulus effect. Possession of a small amount of a PG 3 substance is charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Possession of 28 grams or more is a felony. Those found with more than 400 grams of a PG 3 substance in their possession could face up to 99 years in prison and a max fine of $50,000.
  • Penalty Group 4 – Many prescription medications and the chemical compounds that make up those medications fall under Penalty Group 4. Possession of less than 28 grams of a PG 4 drug is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $2,000. If the amount is over 28 grams, the offender will face felony charges. Those who possess more than 400 grams could go to prison for 5 to 99 years and be required to pay a fine of up to $50,000.

Can you get probation for a felony drug charge in Texas?

In Texas, you can probation for a felony drug charge. If you have never been convicted of a felony before, then Texas law mandates that the Judge must give you probation. In addition, even if you have been arrested of a felony drug charge before and even if you have a previous 12.44a, the Judge still must give you probation even if the State does not want to agree. If you are arrested for a state jail felony drug charge, then the normal range of punishment is a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 years in the State Jail and up to a $10,000 fine. You many also be eligible for community supervision (probation), which requires a minimum 2 year and a maximum 5 year probation sentence. If you have been arrested on a state jail drug possession charge (the most common type of felony drug charge in Texas), then it’s important to know that probation is the preferred outcome under the law. Even when you have criminal history and may have been arrested in the past for a felony drug charge, as long as you were never convicted, then the Court HAS to give you probation under the law

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The penalties for drug offenses can ruin a person’s life. With so much at stake, you need an aggressive lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to fight for your rights. When you go with Underwood & Associates, you will benefit from working with a smart, successful McKinney drug crime lawyer who knows the ropes, and understands the science, and who will do what it takes to obtain the best results possible in your case.

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