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Possession of a Dangerous Drug - Prescription Pills

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What is it? Prescription Pills are offered legally through a prescription, however, possession of prescription pills without a legal prescription can land you in jail in Texas. A List of Prescription Drugs Commonly Arrested for Illegal Possession of Pills includes OxyContin, Morphine, Fentanyl, Codeine, Vicodin, Percodan, Diazepam (Valium), Alprazolam (Xanax), ProSom, Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta, Mebaral, Nembutal, Seconal, Librium, Quaalude, Ativan, Halcion, Amytal, Serax, Restoril.

What makes it illegal? Sec. 481.115.  OFFENSE: POSSESSION OF SUBSTANCE IN PENALTY GROUP 1.  (a)  Except as authorized by this chapter, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in Penalty Group 1, unless the person obtained the substance directly from or under a valid prescription or order of a practitioner acting in the course of professional practice. Sec. 481.117.  OFFENSE: POSSESSION OF SUBSTANCE IN PENALTY GROUP 3.  (a)  Except as authorized by this chapter, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in Penalty Group 3, unless the person obtains the substance directly from or under a valid prescription or order of a practitioner acting in the course of professional practice.

What are the Punishments? Differing pills will carry differing punishments. The Texas Health and Safety Code includes Oxycodone and Hydrocodone in the Penalty Group 1 for illegal controlled substances. This means that less than one gram is a state jail felony, punishable by between 180 days to 2 years in state jail and fines less than $10,000. 1 gram to 4 grams is a third degree felony, punishable by between 2-10 years in state prison with no more than $10,000 fines. Between 4-200 grams will bring a second degree felony, with 2-20 years in prison. More than that weight or amount will yield even higher punishments. However, Valium, Xanax and Ritalin are listed in Penalty Group 3 for illegal controlled substances. This means that less than 28 grams is a Class A Misdemeanor, with up to one year in jail and fines no more than $4,000.

Common Criminal Cases Involving Prescription Pills: Often times, prescription drugs can be the most lethal of all narcotics. Austin authorities have begun cracking down on illegal prescription pill use, arresting and prosecuting for unlawful possession of prescription pills, or for sale of drugs and pills.

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