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Being arrested on drug charges in San Antonio could be a stressful and frightening experience. It can also put you in a position where you may have to face a wide range of potential consequences depending on the situation. In fact, determining the likely outcome of a drug conviction can be a complicated matter.

Punishments for Drug Possession

Punishment for drug possession in Texas will depend on numerous factors, including the penalty group the drug falls into and the quantity of the drugs. Under Texas laws, these penalty groups include PG-1, 1A, 2, 2A, 3, and 4, and are usually split according to whether the drugs have any accepted medical purposes and their addictive nature.

The Different Penalty Groups

Drug possession charges can result in severe penalties. However, some of the penalties you can face will depend on the following:

Penalty Group 1

The controlled substances under this group have no medicinal purpose and carry with them a very high risk of abuse. Consequently, this group usually has the highest penalties.

The Controlled Substances Under This Group Include: Cocaine, Oxycodone, Heroin, Morphine, Fentanyl, Methamphetamines, and types of Codeine.

Depending on the amount of the controlled substance in possession, penalties include everything from jail and prison time to hefty fines.

Penalty Group 1-A

This group is for the controlled substance lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). LSD has little to no medical usage and a high risk of dependency. Therefore, punishments will depend on the quantity of the LSD found and include jail and prison time and significant fines. 

Penalty Group 2 and 2-A 

The controlled substances in this group have a high potential for dependency and limited medical use.

The Controlled Substances Under This Group Include: Ecstasy, Amphetamine, and Tetrahydrocannabinols other than Marijuana.

Punishment can mean possible jail and prison time and fines. 

Penalty Group 3

Drugs under this group have a mid-level potential of abuse and can be used for some medical pursues. 

The Controlled Substances Under This Group Include: Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Ritalin, and anabolic steroids.

Depending on the amount in possession of these controlled substances, punishments can include fines or jail and prison time.

Penalty Group 4

All the drugs under this group contain small doses of narcotics with other drugs. Almost all of these substances have a medical purpose and little dependency risk. 

The Controlled Substances Under This Group Include: Opium and Morphine

Potential punishments include fines or jail and prison time, depending on the amount in possession.

Contact Krause Law Firm For More Information Regarding Your Drug Charges

If you or a family member are facing drug charges in San Antonio, consider going over your situation with a skilled and experienced San Antonio drug crime lawyer. These attorneys can go over the punishments you may be facing, as well as the potential options you have to lessen these penalties.

That is why do not wait to get the answers you need. Instead, contact Krause Law Firm today to schedule a free case consultation and find out how our team can help you.