In the state of Texas, a conviction for a drug related crime could result in loss of driving privileges and professional licenses, steep fines, lengthy prison sentences, and a permanent criminal record which could limit future opportunities to obtain financial aid for college or secure employment. Drug crimes are considered very serious offenses in the state of Texas and if you have been charged it is essential that you secure representation from a San Antonio criminal defense attorney at Barton & Associates Law Firm, PLLC.

It does not matter if you have been charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance or the distribution, trafficking or manufacture of one. In any of these cases, a conviction could result in a devastating loss to your future. To successfully defend a drug charge, the criminal defense lawyers at Barton & Associates Law Firm, PLLC will fight every angle to ensure you get the best results.


In the state of Texas, drug crime statutes cover a wide range of activities related to the use, cultivation, and manufacture of illicit substances. The following sections relate to Texas drug crimes and their penalties:

Class C
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
0-$500 fine

Class B
Possession of Marijuana (0-2 oz)
0 – 180 days in jail

Class A
Possession of Marijuana (2-4 oz)/ some medicines
0-1 year in jail

State Jail
Possession of Marijuana / Oil (4 oz – 5 lbs) Possession of Penalty Group 1 Less than 1 gram (such as Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstacy, LSD, Mushrooms etc.)
6-24 months in state jail

3rd Degree
Possession of Marijuana / Oil (5 lbs – 50 lbs) Possession of Penalty Group 1 1-4 grams
2-10 years in prison

2nd Degree
Possession of Marijuana / Oil (50 lbs – 2000 lbs) Possession of Penalty Group 1 4-200 grams
2-20 years in prison

1st Degree
Possession of Penalty Group 1 200-400 grams
5 years – life in prison

1st Degree (enhanced)
Possession of Penalty Group 1 over 400 grams
10 years – life in prison

In addition, there are enhancements for all the above accusations that can lead to penalty groups increasing by one or more degree.

If any of the above offenses relate to your case call 210-570-2020 and talk to the San Antonio Drug Crime Lawyers at Barton & Associates Law Firm, PLLC. Our criminal defense lawyers are available to answer your questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Texas is known for having some of the toughest laws against drug crimes in the United States, and drug trafficking is no exception. Drug trafficking crimes may include several types of drug possession, including the manufacturing, transporting, distributing, or selling of illegal drugs. In order to be charged with any type of drug possession, a person must have knowingly and illegally been in possession of a controlled substance. While there are other factors that can contribute to the severity of a person’s punishment for drug trafficking, the penalties will rely heavily on the weight and quantity of the drugs in question and may require a Federal Criminal attorney.

Drug trafficking crimes, like all other types of possession, are charged as felonies and misdemeanors, which may result in hefty consequences. Charges may range anywhere from State Jail to 1st Degree Enhanced felonies, and can lead to life in prison and major fines. The class by which a person is charged can depend on the type of drugs, with more dangerous drugs receiving steeper penalties, and whether or not the defendant intended to sell to minors.

Those convicted of a drug charge may also suffer additional consequences after their sentence is through. A convicted felon will also have to deal with the inconvenience of a criminal record, which can make it far more difficult to retain employment and will likely influence housing opportunities.

If you are facing drug possession or trafficking charges, don’t wait to seek legal help. At Barton & Associates Law Firm, PLLC, our criminal defense lawyers have a keen understanding of criminal law and can help your case, seeking to have your drug charges reduced or dismissed. Whether you are a First-Time Offender facing a Class B Misdemeanor or a repeat offender accused of major drug trafficking, we will ensure your legal rights are protected.


Why Hire Barton & Associates Law Firm?

Former Felony Prosecutors
& District Attorneys

Former Felony Prosecutors
& District Attorneys

Gary J. Barton has worked in numerous District Attorney’s Offices throughout the country. As a former Major Crimes Prosecutor handling Capital Murders, Murders, and Heinous Crimes, Mr. Barton has seen almost every type of accusation.

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Our Experience

We have handled nearly every type of accusation, from misdemeanor marijuana charges to capital murder and everything in between, including; Sexual Assault of a Minor, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Intoxication Manslaughter, DWI, Possession of Controlled Substance and many more.

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