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What Does The Term "Penalty Group" Mean Under Texas Drug Possession Law?

The Texas Legislature regulates the penalty for possession of a controlled substance in Texas. However, according to the Texas Health and Safety Code, the Texas Legislature delegated to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Health and Safety Code determines what is possession and divides controlled substances into five separate penalty groups.
There are some drugs that are legal to possess, SO LONG AS you have a legal prescription for the drugs. Texas makes it a crime to possess these prescription drugs without a prescription. The Texas Health and Safety Code establishes what the punishment will be.
To determine whether one is a charged with a felony or misdemeanor is completely dependent on the penalty group the drug is in and the total weight of the drug. Stay tuned with this blog as we continue to explore the five different penalty groups and punishments associated with drug possession.
If you or a loved one, contact a Plano drug lawyer today.