Are Possession Penalties the Same for All Drugs?

When a cop asks if someone has drugs on his or her person, the term “drugs” can refer many different substances: pharmaceuticals, weed, blow, meth, heroin, dope, and more. With so many substances out there, it makes you question if there are different penalties for possession of different drugs. If this is on your mind, we hope this blog gives you a clear answer.

Are All Texas Drug Charges Made Equal?

In short, the answer is a resounding no. As you can see on this webpage, the penalties for Texas drug statutes range widely depending on the drug in question.

For example, possession of less than 1 gram of opiates is a state jail felony and will result in the following consequences:

  • 180 days-2 years of jail time;
  • A fine of less than or equal to $10,000.

The penalties for possession of less than a gram of opiates are serious, but the penalties for possession of fewer than two grams of marijuana are less severe (though still bad.)

Possession of two grams of marijuana is a class B misdemeanor and will result in the following penalties:

  • Less than 180 days of jail time;
  • A fine of less than or equal to $2,000.

To further complicate the matter, illegally possessing less than 28grams of a drug containing Xanax is a class A misdemeanor and will result in the following penalties:

  • Less than a year of jail time;
  • A fine of less than $4,000.

As you can see, possession charges (and manufacture charges) do vary depending on the type of drug. If you or a loved one are charged with possession, it’s always wise to hire experienced criminal defense for your case.

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