Waco Drug Possession Attorney

Because drug possession cases often involve procedural problems, including illegal search and seizure or lack of probable cause, it is critical that you have an attorney who will carefully examine the facts and circumstances of your situation.

McLennan County Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

Board-certified criminal law specialist and former prosecutor Thomas West handles a wide range of drug charges, including:

Texas Drug Possession Law

The Texas Health and Safety Code sets the possession law, dividing controlled substances into five penalty groups, plus a marijuana category. While some of the substances are legal prescription drugs, it is illegal to possess them without a rightful prescription, and the Texas health code establishes the punishments for illegal possession.

  • Texas Health & Safety Code § 481.124 – Possession of transport of Certain Chemicals with Intent to manufacture Controlled Substance
  • Texas Health & Safety Code § 481.1245 – Possession or Transport of Anhydrous Ammonia; Use of or Tampering with Equipment
  • Texas Health & Safety Code § 481.125 – Possession or Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia

Possible Consequences for Possession of a Controlled Substance

Within each class of drugs, there can be a wide range of punishments. The severity of the punishment largely depends on the amount of controlled substance that the defendant had in his possession. Those who are in possession of a controlled substance may be penalized with:

  • 180 days to 99 years in confinement
  • Up to $250,000 in fines
  • Enrollment in court-mandated drug rehabilitation
  • Random drug tests