Methamphetamine or Meth drugs are not only dangerous for the health of the consumer but can also have lifelong consequences if one gets caught possessing or manufacturing them. If convicted of a meth drug crime you can face severe penalties such as jail time and hefty fines. In addition to that you would have a much harder time getting employment with a criminal record and might also have to spend time in rehabilitation. So it is important that you understand the penalties and also seek professional help from a practiced attorney who can assist you in every stage if you get caught with meth drugs.

In Texas drugs have been categorized into 5 groups and each group has its own penalties depending on the amount in possession.

Meth falls under Penalty Group 1 and its penalties are as follows:

For possession

  • More than 400 grams: Life imprisonment or 10 to 99 years in prison

  • More than 200 grams, less than 400 grams: Life imprisonment or 5 to 99 years in prison

  • More than 4 grams, less than 200 grams: 2 to 20 years in prison

  • More than 1 gram, less than 4 grams: 2 to 10 years in prison

  • Less than 1 gram: 180 days to 2 years in jail

In addition to this, the possessor of meth drugs could also be fined up to $10,000. Even getting caught with possession of meth paraphernalia for personal use can lead to fines up to $500.

For manufacturing or delivering

  • More than 400 grams: Life imprisonment or 15 to 99 years in prison

  • More than 200 grams, less than 400 grams: Life imprisonment or 10 to 99 years in prison

  • More than 4 grams, less than 200 grams: 5 to 99 years in prison

  • More than 1 gram, less than 4 grams: 2 to 20 years in prison

  • Less than 1 gram: 180 days to 2 years in jail

The severity of the penalty can depend on multiple factors such as the presence of minors, location of the defendant when caught, criminal history and other similar conditions under which one is arrested. However if you are convicted of a meth drug crime, in addition to lower employment opportunities, you might also find it harder to obtain loans, financial aid and business licenses in the future. Not only does one lose time with family and friends but also loses the chance to build a career or get quality education after serving their time.

The penalties for meth drug possession and manufacturing/delivering are quite severe, however a good lawyer may be able to get you free from a prison sentence or help get the sentence reduced. This can either be done by arranging a plea agreement, where the defendant would have to plead guilty for a more lenient judgement, or the lawyer can question the authenticity of the evidence provided by the prosecutor. Therefore, it is important that you seek help from an expert attorney who can guide you through the process and defend you during trial to ensure that you get minimum penalties.