Drug Crime Penalties in San Antonio
What Punishments Am I Up Against?
The sentence that you can receive if convicted of a controlled substance
offense in San Antonio depends on a number of different factors. One has
to do with whether you are charged with a
state offense or a
federal offense. Another is the specific type of drugs which are involved in the offense.
Finally, the severity of the offense depends in large measure on the quantity
of drugs which are found at the scene of the crime.
State vs. Federal Drug Crime Penalties
If you face prosecution by the Bexar County District Attorney's Office,
you will most likely be charged under the provisions of the Texas Controlled
Substances Act. The maximum penalty for a drug offense in Texas is the
first-degree felony sentence of life in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
If, on the other hand, you are being prosecuted for a federal drug crime,
you must be aware of the fact that such crimes are subject to the notoriously
harsh minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines. For example, a trafficking
offense involving as little as half a kilogram of cocaine is punishable
by a minimum of 5 years in prison, with a maximum of 40 years behind bars
and up to $5 million in fines.
Drug Schedules and Penalty Groups
Not all drugs are equally dangerous or addictive, and this fact is reflected
in the state and federal sentencing for drug crimes.
Texas State law assigns each type of drug to one of five different penalty
groups, whereas the federal government groups them into five schedules.
Crimes involving more dangerous drugs receive tougher penalties.
For example, Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act includes
heroin, marijuana and LSD, Schedule II includes cocaine and oxycodone,
while Schedules III and lower include substances such as anabolic steroids,
benzodiazepine sedatives and cough medicines.
Quantity of Drugs
Crimes involving relatively small amounts of a drug are not punished as
severely as are those which involve large quantities. If, for example
your arrest was for
possession of less than 2 ounces, the maximum penalty you can receive would be 180
days in jail and a fine of $2,000, whereas an arrest for between 2 and
4 ounces is punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines. The
penalties rapidly increase for greater and greater quantities, up to the
level of 99 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for possession of more
than 2,000 pounds of cannabis.
How to Avoid Drug Crime Penalties
When you come to the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski for help, I will
be ready to fight for you as your
San Antonio criminal defense lawyer. You can greatly increase your chances of successfully fighting the charges
by hiring a San Antonio drug crime attorney with
Whether you are facing misdemeanor possession charges or are under investigation
for a felony
drug trafficking offense, I know that your future is at stake. I want to help you avoid
the enormous penalties you could face, and I am ready to take immediate
action on your behalf.
Contact me now for a
free case evaluation!