The Danger Of Methamphetamines In Texas

Law enforcement in Denton recently arrested two people after discovering 2.3 grams of methamphetamine inside their Kia, which was parked at a gas station. At first, law enforcement was alert to the car because the vehicle’s driver had an active arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement responded by detaining the vehicle’s driver. The motorist informed law enforcement that he had both a methamphetamine pipe and a syringe in his possession. Law enforcement then engaged in a search of the vehicle, during which time it was determined that there was a bag of methamphetamine in a cigarette box.

The passenger in the vehicle gave law enforcement an incorrect name, and it was later determined that the woman had an active warrant for theft. The motor vehicle driver was then arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance while the passenger was charged with failure to identify as a fugitive from justice. Both driver and passenger were placed in the Denton City Jail.

This event highlights that methamphetamine is a significant problem in the state of Texas. One of the reasons why methamphetamine use is particularly widespread is that the drug can be created in a residential environment by anyone who has the correct ingredients. As a result of the increasingly common use of the drug, the state of Texas has created strict penalties for methamphetamine use.

Penalties Associated With Methamphetamine Possession

If you are charged with possession of methamphetamine, it is important to obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who understands the complicated body of laws in this area and who can increase your chances of obtaining the best possible outcome for your case.

An experienced attorney can also help a person charged with methamphetamine possession obtain a reduced sentence through negotiations with a court of law.

When a person is charged with methamphetamine possession in the state of Texas, the exact penalty that the individual will face depends on the amount of the drug that was in his or her possession at the time of the offense.

  • Under one gram results in a person facing between six months to two years in jail.
  • Between one and four grams results in a person facing between two to 10 years in jail.
  • Between four grams and 200 grams results in a person facing a sentence of two to 20 years in jail.
  • Between 200 and 400 grams results in a person facing five to 99 years in jail.
  • Over 400 grams results in a person facing 10 to 99 years in jail.

The exact penalties that a person faces for methamphetamine possession can be increased if the person is determined to have methamphetamine paraphernalia in his or her possession, as well.

Obtain the Assistance of a Denton Drug Crimes Lawyer

The state of Texas has begun to approach methamphetamine charges with increased intensity. If you or a loved one is charged with the possession of methamphetamines or methamphetamine paraphernalia, it is often in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney like the legal counsel at Wheeler Law Office.

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