Galveston County Drug Crimes Lawyers
Reliable Criminal Defense for Tough Charges
Texas law recognizes a wide variety of drug-related crimes. No matter what type of drug crime you have been charged with, you will need a defense strategy that is individually tailored to that specific offense.
At the Law Office of Steve O. Gonzalez, we can help you develop an airtight strategy for fighting your charges. Regardless of whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, our Galveston County drug crime attorneys can provide the effective counsel and aggressive representation you need.
Rely on our professional legal team when you need help defending against charges for:
- Drug possession
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Drug-infused DWI charges
- Drug sale or distribution
- Drug paraphernalia
- Drug concentrates
Drug Penalty Groups in Galveston County
No matter the type or amount of drugs involved, all drug-related offenses are complex and can result in harsh penalties. The Texas Health and Safety Code regulates and assigns drugs into six distinct categories for penalty purposes. These “penalty groups” are used by judges as a guide to determine the punishment of each drug offense.
The six penalty groups include:
- PG1: Narcotics that have no medicinal value, including codeine, oxycodone, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine
- P1A-G: LSD as well as any of its salts and isomers
- PG2: Hallucinogenic substances, such as PCP, ecstasy, and mescaline
- PG2-A: Chemical compounds that mimic cannabinoids
- PG3: Valium, benzodiazepines, anabolic steroids, Ritalin, and other prescription drugs that can serve as a stimulant or depressant
- PG4: Prescription medications and various chemical compounds
The penalties you face upon conviction are determined by which penalty group the drug falls under, the amount of the substance, whether there was a minor present, and various other factors. Overall, the PG1 carries the harshest penalties, while PG4 carries the least severe. The maximum sentence is found for possessing 8000 units of a PG1 drug, which can result in up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Marijuana Is Still Illegal in Texas
Many states have been changing laws related to the possession and use of marijuana. These new statues are permitting the use of medical marijuana, making petty offenses non-criminal, and even legalizing recreational usage.
Texas, on the other hand, continues to treat marijuana as a Schedule I, high-abuse substance, which can carry significant penalties. For instance, if you are found to be in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, you could face up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000. If you have been charged with a marijuana offense in Texas, it is important to reach out to our criminal defense lawyers right away.
Fight Your Drug Charges
The consequences of any drug crime can be life-altering. For this reason, it is important to obtain qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. Our Galveston County drug crime attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience providing aggressive criminal defense for over 6,000 cases. No matter how challenging your case may seem, we never back down from a fight.