Methamphetamine Defense Lawyer in Collin County

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The Texas Controlled Substances Act classifies illegal substances into 4 penalty groups, and methamphetamine is in the first group—the harshest one. State prosecutors take methamphetamine possession seriously, especially as the drug has grown into a widespread problem in recent years. Even simple possession comes with life-altering penalties for first-time offenders.

Methamphetamine penalties in Texas, according to the amount found in your possession:

  • Less than 1 gram: state jail felony (6 months to 2 years imprisonment, up to $10,000 in fines)
  • 1 to 4 grams: 3rd degree felony (2-10 years imprisonment; up to $10,000 in fines)
  • 4 to 200 grams: 2nd degree felony (2-20 years imprisonment; up to $10,000 in fines)
  • 200 to 400 grams: 1st degree felony (5-99 years imprisonment, or a life sentence)
  • 400+ grams: 10 years imprisonment minimum, with sentences up to 99 years or life in prison.

With large volumes of meth, the prosecutor may threaten to charge you with intent to sell. Regardless of whether you intended to sell or not, increased charges will magnify your potential penalties. In fact, being found with 4 grams of meth automatically qualifies you for an “intent to deliver” charge, which could transform your 3rd degree charge into a 1nd degree felony.

Federal Methamphetamine Crimes

Technically, any drug offense falls under both state and federal jurisdiction. However, if you are charged with trafficking across state lines or you are arrested by a federal officer, then you will be charged with federal offenses. Federal sentencing is far harsher than state penalties because there is no true parole system for federal prisons. When you receive a sentence, you serve the full term.

For possessing 5 grams of pure meth or 50 grams of mixed meth, you’re facing:

  • 5 years minimum for a first offense without endangering another’s life
  • 20 years minimum for a first offense that is violent or endangered another’s life
  • 10 years minimum for a non-violent second offense
  • Life in prison for a second offense that is violent or endangers another’s life

Defending against federal charges requires an attorney with experience in federal courts. As court proceedings here require a different approach and knowledge base, you’ll want someone who has successfully defended against state and federal charges before. You’ll want Attorney Scott Edgett.

Our firm has successfully protected our clients by getting them favorable verdicts, reduced charges, or dismissal of their charges altogether. Read our past results and call (972) 635-4224 for an initial consultation today.

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