Possession of a Controlled Substance Bail
The possession of a controlled substance is against federal and state law in Texas and carries varying penalties. Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) include various illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine and prescription drugs like Valium and Ritalin. Various factors serve as guidelines for law enforcement officials to determine whether or not charge you with simple possession or possession with intent to distribute. Being charged with possession with intent to distribute will result in stiffer penalties and higher bail. Whether you are charged with simple possession or possession with intent to distribute, call Rodriguez Bail Bonds for your possession of a controlled substance bail in Weslaco, TX.
Determining Possession of a CDS
In Texas, any drug-related conviction results in the six-month suspension of driving privileges and often the required completion of a court-mandated counseling course in addition to jail time and fines.
Several of the factors used to determine your charge and possible penalties include the following.
- the amount drugs you were arrested with
- the manner in which the drugs were stored
- possession of paraphernalia
- the presence of a large amount of cash
- criminal history of the defendant
- the presence of a weapon
Each case is unique and judges are given discretion to evaluate the circumstances of individual cases. This means that two defendants with similar charges may not be given similar punishments, and it is difficult to predict how much your bail will be until it is set by the court.
CDS Penalty Groups
Like many other states, Texas divides controlled substances into several categories based on how dangerous the drug is in terms of its recognized medical uses and potential for abuse and addiction. The penalty groups are listed from Group 1 through Group 4 with Groups 1 and 2 having a subsection exclusively devoted to LSD and Marijuana respectively. Group 1 is considered to be the most dangerous grouping with no recognized medical uses and a high potential for abuse and addiction – subsequent groupings decline in terms of their danger and potential for addiction and abuse and increase in recognized medical uses.
- Group 1: heroin, cocaine & methamphetamine
- Group 1A: LSD
- Group 2: MDMA (ecstasy), PCP, mescaline
- Group 2A: marijuana
- Group 3: prescription drugs & chemical compounds (Ritalin, Xanax & Vicodin, etc.)
- Group 4: compounds containing Dionine, Motofen, Buprenorphine or Pryovalerone
Whatever CDS you are charged with possessing, the bondsmen at Rodriguez Bail Bonds can bail you out. We are even available 24/7 because we know that arrests can happen at any time. Don’t spend another minute behind bars, call us now for assistance with possession of a controlled substance bail in Weslaco, TX.