Houston, Texas: Home to one of the nation’s most significant methamphetamine distribution centers. It’s coastal location and proximity to Mexico have resulted in large quantities of “meth” being distributed to numerous marked areas across the United States. Houston’s well- developed highway system, established financial infrastructure, racial and ethnic diversity, and large volume of international trade contribute to the region’s role as a major transshipment point for illicit drugs destined for U.S. drug markets and for drug proceeds destined for Mexico. As a result both State and Federal prosecutors, investigators, and agents have their eye on Houston. With over 5o years of drug and methamphetamine defense experience, our Houston Meth Lawyers know what it takes to defend both Federal and State drug charges.
Texas Definition for Methamphetamine Possession
Texas drug law identifies “meth” as a controlled substance under Penalty Group 1. See Texas Health & Safety Code 481.102. Possession of a controlled substance in Texas means “actual care, custody, control, or management.” In order to unlawfully possess methamphetamine in Texas the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) exercised control, management, or care over the substance; and 2) knew the substance was a drug. In other words, your connection with the drug must be more than an accident.
Punishment Range for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
The punishment range for unlawful possession of “meth” under Texas law varies depending on the weight. The punishment can be as low as a state jail felony to as high as a first-degree felony.
|Penalty Group||Weight||Punishment||Punishment Range|
|< 1 gram|
|State Jail Felony||180 days – 2 years; up to $10,000 fine|
|1 – 4 grams||3rd Degree Felony||2 – 10 years/$10,000|
|4 – 200 grams||2nd Degree Felony||2 – 20 years/$10,000|
|200 – 400 grams||1st Degree Felony||5 – 99 years/$10,000|
|> 400 grams||Enhanced 1st Degree||10 – 99 years/$100,000|
Delivery or Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in Texas
Texas Health & Safety Code 481.112 makes it an offense if a person knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver methamphetamine. The punishment range for delivery or manufacturing meth is greater than mere possession.
Delivery or Manufacturing
|<1 gram||State Jail Felony||180 – 2 years; up to a $10,000 fine|
|1 – 4 grams||2nd Degree Felony||2 – 20 years; up to a $10,000 fine|
|4 – 200 grams||1st Degree Felony||5 – 99 years; up to a $10,000 fine|
|200 – 400 grams||Enhanced 1st Degree Felony||10 – 99 years; up to a $100,000 fine|
|>400 grams||Enhanced 1st Degree Felony||15 – 99 years; up to a $250,000 fine|
Federal Methamphetamine Possession and Distribution
Federal law governs the possession and distribution of methamphetamine under the Controlled Substances Act. Under Section 844, it is a federal offense to “intentionally or knowingly possess a controlled substance.” “Meth” is considered a Schedule II controlled substance by the federal government, and possessing or distributing “meth” can come with heavy penalties.
Contact Houston’s Top “Meth” Lawyer
If you have been arrested for a state or federal possession, delivery, manufacturing or distribution of methamphetamine, it’s essential to talk with an experienced Houston meth lawyer about your case. Drug crimes and methamphetamine charges carry stiff punishments. While Texas laws concerning methamphetamine possession, delivery, and manufacturing are complicated, many defenses exist for these crimes. Each case is different, and it’s important to have a Houston methamphetamine possession attorney examine your case. Contact the nationally recognized drug defense firm of Adamo and Adamo today!
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