What are the Consequences of a Drug-Related Misdemeanor or Felony?

If you’ve been charged with a drug misdemeanor or felony, it’s important to understand the potential sentences and fines you could be facing.  There may be no second chances.

The most minor of all possible charges is a Class C misdemeanor, where a criminal complaint will be filed against you in municipal or justice of the peace court. However, this lowest possible charge is unlikely if you are arrested for a Texas controlled substance offense, since very, very few drug crimes are ever judged to be that minor.

Class A and B misdemeanors are charged in a county court or a county criminal court and are subject to fines of $2000 to $4000 and sentences from 180 days up to an entire year in jail. In the event that you are charged with either of these misdemeanors, an additional document called an “information” will be filed, which details what crimes you are being charged with and the maximum penalties you face.

If you are charged with a felony, the complaint will be filed against you in the district court where the offense took place. Felony charges, depending on the degree, typically involve jail time of at least two years and, depending on the seriousness of the degree and the amount of drugs involved, can range up to 99 years or life behind bars. Accompanying fines run as high as $10,000, with significantly higher fines for manufacture or possession with intent to deliver when significantly large quantities are involved.

The worst felony charge, a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years and up to a $10,000 fine, with minimum jail sentences rising to 10 or even 15 years.