The Legal Dangers of Methamphetamines
Methamphetamines—often known as crystal meth—constitute a powerful stimulant that can produce an immediate sense of euphoria in the human brain. While methamphetamine is occasionally prescribed as a medical treatment for attention deficit order, it is considered a highly dangerous narcotic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine use can lead to “anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and mood disturbances.” And in many cases, methamphetamine abuse may lead to “chemical and molecular changes in the brain.”
Meth Users Face Serious Jail Time in Texas
Methamphetamine use is considered a major problem in Texas due to the ease of manufacturing and widespread availability of the drug. The Texas Controlled Substances Act bans the possession, manufacture, or distribution of methamphetamine. Possession of any amount of methamphetamine up to one gram is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Possession of more than 1 but less than 4 grams is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. At the far end of the scale, possession of 400 or more grams of methamphetamine is an “enhanced” first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years—effectively life—in prison.
It should be noted that a person does not necessarily need to be in possession of methamphetamine to be convicted of a criminal offense. Texas law bans the possession or transport of the chemical components of methamphetamine if there is “intent to unlawfully manufacture” the drug. Methamphetamine possession and manufacturing is also a violation of federal law. A federal conviction for simple meth possession can lead to up to one year in federal prison.
Contact a Houston Drug Crimes Lawyer
Methamphetamine possession is a serious matter. Even if you are innocent of any wrongdoing, you may be facing a lengthy, costly legal proceeding to clear your name. That is why if you have been accused of any methamphetamine or similar drug-related crime, the first thing you should do is contact a qualified Houston drug attorney. While no lawyer can guarantee a favorable outcome, an experienced drug defense lawyer can ensure your constitutional and legal rights are respected. In any event, you should never attempt to represent yourself, even against a seemingly “minor” drug charge. Contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today if you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer right away.