Plano Drug Possession Lawyer

As a state situated along the Mexican border, Texas is well-known as an entry point for drugs that are entering the United States. As a result, Texas lawmakers have implemented some very harsh drug-related penalties, particularly for those who are caught with large quantities of a controlled substance. This poses a major obstacle for anyone who is arrested for a drug crime.

Even a conviction for drug possession in Texas can lead to prison time and hefty fines. So it’s vital for you to seek help if you’re being prosecuted or investigated for a drug offense.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our elite team of drug lawyers have defended clients facing a diverse range of drug crimes involving all types of controlled substances. We represent clients in state and federal drug cases.

It’s important to note that we also deal with marijuana and synthetic marijuana cases. Marijuana is currently in its own penalty class.

Facing prosecution for drug possession can be frightening, embarrassing and stressful. Our criminal defense lawyers will work to maximize your chances of maintaining your freedom, while minimizing the chances of seeing other penalties or adverse effects. We also recognize that in some cases, our client’s legal issues are actually secondary to a more serious and potentially life-threatening substance abuse issue. Our law firm works with a qualified network of treatment and counseling professionals who can assist if you are struggling with a drug-related issue.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for drug possession in Texas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free and confidential case consultation session. Just call (972) 422-9999.

Common Concerns and Questions Following a Collin County Drug Possession Arrest

Defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass routinely assist clients who are being prosecuted at the state or federal level for drug possession charges. A conviction – even for possession of a small amount – can follow you for years or even a lifetime. Texas also takes a zero-tolerance stance on drug offenses that results in a driver’s license suspension for many clients arrested for drug possession.

Our legal team addresses many questions on the topic of drug possession, including the following issues.

What Are the Drug Possession Penalty Groups in Collin County?

Drug Possession LawyerThe way in which your case is prosecuted (including the severity of the charge and the potential penalties you may face) will vary depending upon the penalty group of the drug that you were allegedly found to possess.

Collin County has a total of five different penalty groups, plus marijuana, which is its own independent penalty group.

The five drug penalty groups are as follows:

  • Penalty Group 1 includes cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and GHB.
  • Penalty Group 1A includes LSD.
  • Penalty Group 2 includes ecstasy (“Molly”/MMDA), mescaline, PCP, and resinous cannabis extracts that are not considered marijuana, including hashish and concentrated marijuana oil.
  • Penalty Group 3 includes Valium, Xanax, and Ritalin.
  • Penalty Group 4 includes any compound that contains Buprenorphine, Pyrovalerone, Motofen, and Dionine.

Penalty Group 1 substances are punished the most harshly, while Penalty Group 4 substances are associated with the mildest penalties (relative to the other penalty groups.)

It should be noted that these penalty groups do include a number of prescription drugs. But it is only legal to possess those pharmaceutical medications with a valid prescription. If you do not have a valid prescription for the drug in question, then it is considered unlawful possession.

What Are the Drug Possession Penalties in Collin County?

Drug possession penalties vary quite significantly depending upon the substance, the amount of the substance, the manner in which it was packaged, and your criminal history.

Large quantities of drugs, drugs packaged in a manner that’s consistent with resale and individuals with a criminal record are subject to harsher penalties. Some first-time offenders or individuals in possession of a small amount of an illicit drug may be sentenced to probation and a treatment program.

Here is a look at the ranges for the various penalty groups.

Penalty Group 1
– Possession of less than 1 gram is a state jail felony, with a possible penalty of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

– Possession of 400 grams or more is an enhanced first-degree felony with a possible penalty of 10 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Penalty Group 1A
– Possession of fewer than 20 units is a state jail felony, with a possible penalty of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

– Possession of 8,000 units or more is an enhanced first-degree felony with a possible penalty of 15 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Penalty Group 2
– Possession of less than 1 gram is a state jail felony, with a possible penalty of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

– Possession of 400 grams or more is an enhanced first-degree felony with a possible penalty of 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Penalty Group 3 and Penalty Group 4
– Possession of less than 28 grams is a class A misdemeanor, with a possible penalty of up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

– Possession of 400 grams or more is an enhanced first-degree felony with a possible penalty of 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Additionally, in more major drug possession cases involving drug sales and distribution, you could face tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on illegal drugs. That’s per the Texas Tax Code.

Will I Really Lose My Driver’s License if I’m Convicted of Drug Possession?

Texas laws typically result in a mandatory 180-day driver’s license suspension for anyone convicted of a drug-related crime. This includes drug offenses that do not involve a motor vehicle.

To restore your license, you are typically required to complete a 15-hour Drug Education Program. And those who are seeking to get their license in the future, you can expect a 180-day delay. Remember, if you have not yet sought your driver’s license, the 180-day timeframe only begins when you complete a form with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Therefore, you must tend to this paperwork as soon as possible.

Hire Our Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers to Defend You From Drug Possession Charges

Drug Possession LawyerAt the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we know how much you can lose as the result of a drug possession conviction in Texas. You could face challenges surrounding getting (or keeping) a job, getting an education and even finding a place to live. And for those who are struggling with a drug dependency issue, these obstacles can be very discouraging, making your recovery even more challenging.

Our Texas drug possession lawyers are committed to providing exceptional legal representation, combined with referrals for other services such as counseling, rehabilitation or social services. Our goal is to help you get through this challenging experience, so you can move forward to find success and happiness in your life.

Our Texas law firm was established by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, who has been in practice as an attorney since 1993. He has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Attorney Grass has represented clients at the state and federal level, defending cases right up to the United States Supreme Court.

If you or a loved one are facing drug possession charges in Texas, we encourage you to contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass as soon as possible. We look forward to discussing your case in a confidential, no-cost case consultation. Call (972) 422-9999.