Federal Possession of Controlled Substance Attorney

Have you been charged in federal court with a simple possession in Houston?

If you have been charged with simple possession of a controlled substance in federal court, then you need a good criminal defense lawyer who cares as much about the best possible outcome to your case as you do, and one who will fight to protect your rights. I am Houston drug attorney Mark A. Morasch, and I have more than 20+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. Anyone can make a mistake. I do not believe that your future should be lost because of a single error in judgment. Contact me to learn how I can help.

21 U.S.C. 844 - Penalties for Simple Possession. (a) Unlawful acts; penalties.It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order, from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess any list I chemical obtained pursuant to or under authority of a registration issued to that person under section 823 of this title or section 958 of this title if that registration has been revoked or suspended, if that registration has expired, or if the registrant has ceased to do business in the manner contemplated by his registration. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally purchase at retail during a 30 day period more than 9 grams of ephedrine base, pseudoephedrine base, or phenylpropanolamine base in a scheduled listed chemical product, except that, of such 9 grams, not more than 7.5 grams may be imported by means of shipping through any private or commercial carrier or the Postal Service... Further, upon conviction, a person who violates this subsection shall be fined the reasonable costs of the investigation and prosecution of the offense, including the costs of prosecution of an offense as defined in sections 1918 and 1920 of title 28, except that this sentence shall not apply and a fine under this section need not be imposed if the court determines under the provision of title 18 that the defendant lacks the ability to pay.

Federal Punishment Ranges for Simple Possession of Controlled Substance

# of Offenses



1st Offense

Not less than $1,000

Up to 1 year

*2nd Offense

Not less than $2,500

15 days to 2 years

*3rd Offense

Not less than $5,000

90 days to 3 years


Up to $250,000

Up to 3 years

* For the purposes of sentencing a prior conviction means a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, or a combination of two or more such offenses that have become final; and the imposition or execution of a minimum sentence required to be imposed under this subsection shall not be suspended or deferred.

** Flunitrazepam: also knowns as Rohypnol or Roofies.

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