Drug Possession

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Houston Drug Possession Attorney

A Former Prosecutor Helping Fight Your Charge

In Texas, drug possession offenses are taken very seriously. Charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, these crimes carry harsh penalties, including incarceration and/or fines. Thus, a conviction has the potential to affect various aspects of your life. You may feel the effects of a possession conviction for years, as a criminal record can create challenges when you try to get a job, a place to live, or government benefits, such as federal student aid. Because the outcome of your case can have substantial impacts and the judicial system is a complex maze of laws and rules, it's crucial that you fight your charge with the help of a lawyer who knows what it takes to get results.

At Drehner Law, our Houston drug possession attorney has extensive experience handling these types of matters – as a defense lawyer and as a former prosecutor. We have a unique insight that is invaluable when defending against charges and challenging the state's accusations. Thoroughly preparing for each case we take on and knowing how to compellingly present the accused's side of the story, we have obtained victories for past clients. We are ready to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Discuss your case during a free consultation by calling us at (832) 558-7798 or contacting us online today.

When Is Drug Possession a Misdemeanor and When Is it a Felony in Texas?

As mentioned earlier, drug possession can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. The level and the potential conviction penalties you face depend on the amount and type of drug you were accused of having in your possession.

The Texas Health and Safety Code categorizes controlled substances into 4 Penalty Groups, with the first and second each having their own subgroup. The exception is marijuana (referred to as marihuana in the Health and Safety Code), which is a group all its own.

The level of charge for drug possession include:

Penalty Group 1

Controlled substances in Penalty Group 1 include but are not limited to codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.

Possession of a Penalty Group 1 drug is always charged as a felony, with the degree varying based on the amount of the substance.

Charges may include:

  • State jail felony for less than 1 gram
  • Third-degree felony for between 1 and 4 grams
  • Second-degree felony for between 4 and 200 grams
  • First-degree felony for between 200 and 400 grams

Penalty Group 1-A

LSD and its derivatives are the substances in Penalty Group 1-A. As with Penalty Group 1, possession of any amount of LSD is a felony.

An offense could be charged as a:

  • State jail felony for fewer than 20 units
  • Third-degree felony for between 20 and 80 units
  • Second-degree felony for between 80 and 4,000 units
  • First-degree felony for between 4,000 and 8,000 units

Penalty Group 2

It's a felony to knowingly possess Penalty Group 2 substances, such as Ecstasy, PCP, or Mescaline.

Offenses can be charged as follows:

  • State jail felony for less than 1 gram
  • Third-degree felony for 1 to 4 grams
  • Second-degree felony for 4 to 400 grams

Penalty Group 2-A

Substances in this group include those that are manufactured to mimic cannabinoids.

A possession offense may be charged as follows:

  • Class B misdemeanor for 2 ounces or less
  • Class A misdemeanor for 2 to 4 ounces
  • State jail felony for 4 ounces to 5 pounds
  • Second-degree felony for 50 to 2,000 pounds

Penalty Group 3

Substances in this penalty group include but are not limited to anabolic steroids, Ritalin, Xanax, and other drugs with a depressant or stimulus effect.

Charges for possession of Penalty Group 3 drugs include:

  • Class A misdemeanor for less than 28 grams
  • Third-degree felony for between 28 and 200 grams
  • Second-degree felony for between 200 and 400 grams

Penalty Group 4

Penalty Group 4 drugs mainly consist of substances with limited amounts of narcotics, such as morphine or codeine.

Possession charges are as follows:

  • Class B misdemeanor for less than 28 grams
  • Third-degree felony for between 28 and 200 grams
  • Second-degree felony for between 200 and 400 grams


In Texas, the charges for marijuana possession are as follows:

  • Class B misdemeanor for 2 ounces or less
  • Class A misdemeanor for between 2 and 4 ounces
  • State jail felony for between 4 ounces and 5 pounds
  • Third-degree felony for between 5 and 50 pounds
  • Second-degree felony for between 50 and 2,000 pounds

We'll Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with You

If you've been accused of drug possession in Houston, our criminal defense attorney will stand by your side throughout your case. At Drehner Law, we provide sound advice and guidance and will help you make informed decisions about how your matter progresses.

To learn more about your legal options, contact us at (832) 558-7798.

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