The Penal Consequences of Meth Possession

Most people, thanks to pop culture references, have at least heard of meth-amphetamines, even if they have never seen or been around them. “Meth,” as it is commonly called, is considered one of the most dangerous drugs in the world today, both for the effects using it, as well as the hazard of producing it in illegal labs. As a result, there are severe penalties for involvement with this drug. Meth: An Overview Meth is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. While it is often associated with recreational use, there are (very limited) medicinal uses for meth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies it as a schedule II drug, which means a prescription is required to obtain it. These prescriptions are for doses that are significantly lower than the doses a person abusing it recreationally would use. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse that may lead to addiction. Possession According to Texas law, it is illegal for a person to knowingly or intentionally possess meth, unless the person obtained it directly from or under a valid prescription. Texas considers meth among the worst and most dangerous drugs. As a result, the penalties for a conviction are severe, even if the amount possessed is very small. The following chart illustrates the penalties: Amount Possessed: Less than 1 gram Penalty: STATE JAIL FELONY Amount Possessed: Between 1 and 4 grams Penalty: 3RD DEGREE FELONY Amount Possessed: Between 4 and 200 grams Penalty: 2ND DEGREE […]