Possession of a controlled substance in Texas is considered a state jail felony for personal use amounts and can go up to a first degree felony depending on the amount of substance that is present. Common controlled substances are cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs such as Adderall and Hydrocodone.

If you have been arrested for possession of controlled substance, you could face a wide range of penalties including fines and prison sentences. It is important that you hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and up to date on Texas search and seizure laws. It is not uncommon for police to make mistakes during drug searches or when obtaining and executing warrants, that can ultimately make the evidence they seize inadmissible.

You’ll want an attorney who is familiar with local programs offered to those who are struggling with substance use. Craig Greaves has on multiple occasions negotiated a dismissal of the charge for the client by having him/her enroll in classes and treatment programs.


In Texas, controlled substances are classified into penalty groups based on their potential for abuse, as well as their harmfulness. These penalty groups, which are outlined in the Texas Controlled Substances Act, help the courts determine the penalties for offenses involving illegal controlled substances. Some of the commonly used narcotics from each penalty group are as follows:

Penalty Group I
Cocaine, Codeine, Marijuana, Oxycodone, Opium, Methadone, Ketamine, and Methamphetamines.

Penalty Group II
Mescaline, Ecstasy, Methaqualone, and Amphetamine.

Penalty Group III
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Xanax, Methylphenidate, and Valium.

Penalty Group IV
Compounds or mixtures that contain limited amounts of narcotics, and one or more active medical ingredients.