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Being charged with a criminal offense can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. And when you are accused of a crime, your reputation, career, education and freedom are at stake. In Texas, criminal laws are complex and can carry severe penalties, including fines, imprisonment and even the death penalty. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help the accused navigate the criminal justice system and work toward a favorable outcome.

At The Law Office of Abrar & Vergara in El Paso, both of our partners are former prosecutors who understand the system from the inside. We have experience handling the most serious cases including double homicide, sexual assault, sexual abuse of children and intoxication manslaughter. The Law Office of Abrar & Vergara will help you navigate through the legal process and fight for your rights in court. We will negotiate the best deal possible for your case, and if needed, we will go to trial to ensure that you are not the victim of a blind justice system.

Helping You Avoid Life-Altering Criminal Penalties

It is no secret that Texas has some of the harshest criminal penalties in the country. If you are convicted of a serious crime in El Paso, you may face life in prison or in some cases, the death penalty. No matter how serious your charge is, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.

We can defend you against a variety of criminal offenses, including:

  • DWI defense
  • Drug charges
  • Homicide
  • Sex offenses
  • Intoxication manslaughter

As former prosecutors, our attorneys understand the criminal justice system from both sides. Using this insider knowledge and experience, we understand how to craft tailored legal arguments and defenses to achieve the best possible outcome in a criminal case.

Texas classifies controlled substances into penalty groups based on their potential for abuse, medical uses, and the risk of dependence. The penalties for possession, manufacturing, and delivery of controlled substances vary depending on the penalty group and the amount of the substance involved.

Penalties for Possessing a Controlled Substance in Texas

The chart below lists the penalties for possessing a controlled substance in Texas.

< less than, >greater than, g stands for grams

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight in Grams Prison Term Maximum Fine
Group 1 State Jail Felony         < 1g 180 days to 2 years in the State jail $10,000.00  
3rd Degree Felony    1g < 4g 2 – 10 years $10,000.00  
2nd Degree Felony    4g < 200g 2 – 20 years $10,000.00  
1st Degree Felony 200g < 400g 5 – 99 years or life $10,000.00  
1st Degree Felony 400g > 10 – 99 years or life $100,000.00  

 

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight Prison Term Maximum Fine
Group 1-A State Jail Felony            < 20 units 180 days to 2 years in the State jail $10,000.00
  3rd Degree Felony       20 < 80 units 2 – 10 years $10,000.00
2nd Degree Felony       80 < 4,000 units 2 – 20 years $10,000.00
1st Degree Felony  4,000 < 8,000 units 5 – 99 years or life $10,000.00
1st Degree Felony   8,000 > 15 – 99 years or life $250,000.00

 

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight in Grams Prison Term Maximum Fine
Group 2 State Jail Felony        < 1g 180 days to 2 years in the State jail $10,000.00
3rd Degree Felony    1g < 4g 2 – 10 years $10,000.00
2nd Degree Felony    4g < 400g 2 – 20 years $10,000.00
1st Degree Felony 400g > 5 – 99 years or life $50,000.00

 

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight in Grams Incarceration Term Maximum Fine
Group 2-A Class B Misdemeanor          2oz < Up to 180 days in jail $2,000.00  
Class A Misdemeanor          2oz < 4oz Up to 1 year in jail $4,000.00  
State Jail Felony          4oz < 5 lbs. 180 days to 2 years in the State jail $50,000.00  
3rd Degree Felony         5lbs. < 50 lbs. 2 – 10 years in prison $10,000.00  
2nd Degree Felony      50 lbs. < 2,000 lbs. 2 – 20 years in prison $10,000.00  
  1st Degree Felony 2,000 lbs. > 5 – 99 years or life in prison $50,000.00  

 

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight in grams Incarceration Term Maximum Fine
Group 3 Class A Misdemeanor         < 28g Up to 1 year in jail $4,000.00  
3rd Degree Felony  28g < 200g 2 – 10 years in prison $10,000.00  
2nd Degree Felony 200g < 400g 2 – 20 years in prison $10,000.00  
1st Degree Felony 400g > 5 – 99 years or life in prison $50,000.00  

 

Penalty Group Degree of Offense Weight (Grams) Incarceration Term Maximum Fine
Group 4 Class B Misdemeanor         < 28g Up to 180 days in jail $2,000.00
3rd Degree Felony  28g < 200g 2 – 10 years in prison $10,000.00
2nd Degree Felony 200g < 400g 2 – 20 years in prison $10,000.00
1st Degree Felony 400g > 5 – 99 years or life in prison $50,000.00

 

Any conviction for possession of a controlled substance can lead to significant consequences.

Helping You Navigate The Criminal Justice System

When you face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence or hefty fines, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. We understand that there are two sides to every story. The criminal justice system can be unbalanced, making it difficult to make your voice heard. When you work with us at The Law Office of Abrar & Vergara, we will fight to protect your rights and freedom. To schedule a free consultation, complete our online contact form or call us at 915-845-9621.