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Reliable San Antonio Drug Crime Defense

Last updated on June 28, 2024

Facing drug-related charges can be a challenging moment, to say the least, but experienced legal representation can deliver the best possible outcome for your situation.

With extensive experience in criminal defense, attorney George C. Ruiz and the Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, team represents San Antonio residents who are facing drug charges. Our personalized commitment and trial-ready approach can help you avoid potentially life-altering legal consequences. Call us for an initial case consultation – se habla español.

Penalties And Consequences For A Drug Conviction In Texas

In Texas, the typical drug convictions carry severe penalties that can upend your and your family’s lives. Depending on the substance, penalty group and quantity involved, you face possibly severe consequences. Penalty groups include:

  • Group 1-A specifically applies to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), with penalties based on dosage units rather than weight.
  • Group 1-B covers Fentanyl, with penalties determined by the quantity in grams.
  • Group 2 encompasses drugs like ecstasy, PCP, mescaline and amphetamines.
  • Group 2-A involves synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Group 3 includes prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ritalin, typically prescribed for medical use with a lower risk of abuse.
  • Group 4 mainly consists of compounds containing small amounts of narcotics, including certain prescription medications.

The severity of the penalties increases with the type of substance involved and the quantities, with Group 1 bearing the most severe penalties, potentially leading to:

  • Heavy fines
  • Imprisonment ranging from months to life
  • Probation with strict conditions
  • Mandatory drug treatment
  • Loss of driving privileges, voting rights and professional licenses
  • Permanent criminal record affecting future opportunities

With a custom-tailored defense by Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, you will get a passionate and aggressive fight to protect your rights and get the best outcome.

Possession Vs. Intent To Distribute

Understanding the distinction between possession and intent to distribute is crucial. Possession charges involve having illegal substances for personal use, while intent to distribute implies the intent to sell or distribute drugs. The penalties for intent to distribute are similar to other drug crime penalties, but they may be more severe.

Get Help Today

If you are facing drug charges in San Antonio or elsewhere in Texas, immediate legal guidance can protect you. Contact a Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, attorney by calling 210-899-4853 to schedule a free consultation and put our experience and dedication on your side. Se habla español.