A Texas drug charge for even a small amount of a Controlled Substance such as Cocaine, Ecstasy or Methamphetamine can be enough for a felony drug conviction.

A violation of the Texas Controlled Substances Act for simple Possession of a Controlled Substances (PCS) such as Cocaine, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, is punishable by 1 day in the County Jail up to 99 years in Prison, or Life in Prison with the possibility of Parole, and/or from $1.00 up to $250,000.00 in fines.

How much time can I get for my possession charge?

- First, determine your Penalty Group (PG). You are either a PG-1, PG-1A, PG-2, PG-2A,PG-3, or PG-4.

- Second, use your PG and the weight of the Controlled Substance, or the units of Controlled Substance to find the Class of Misdemeanor, or Degree of Felony for your Drug Charge.

- Third, your Class of Misdemeanor, or Degree of Felony. This will tell you the maximum fine amount, and the minimum and maximum amount of jail time or prison time for your possession charge.

Example: You were arrested for possession of cocaine weighing 0.5 grams, which is equal to about half a packet of sugar. In the first table you will find that cocaine is a PG-1 Controlled Substance. In the second table you find that less than 1 gram of cocaine equals a State Jail Felony. In the third table will find that the punishment for a State Jail Felony is a maximum fine of $10,000.00 and/or 6 months to 2 years in the State Jail.