Illegal drugs are consistently one of the most common recurring elements of arrests in Fort Worth. Criminal charges relating to controlled substances can have extremely serious penalties—even for people with no prior convictions.
Convictions for most drug crimes can result in fines of several thousand of dollars as well as possible imprisonment. Alleged offenders can also suffer many additional long-term consequences relating to employment, education, or housing because of controlled substance-related convictions on their criminal records.
Fort Worth Lawyer for Drug Charges
Were you arrested for any kind of crime involving a controlled substance? It is in your best interest to immediately seek legal counsel for help achieving the most favorable possible outcome.
Our Tarrant County criminal attorneys at Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC defend clients in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Arlington, Cleburne, and many surrounding areas of North Central Texas. Call 817-502-3600 right now to set up a free initial consultation that will let our firm review your case and discuss your legal options.
Overview of Drug Offenses in Tarrant County
- How are controlled substances classified under Texas law?
- What are some of the drug crimes that people can be charged with in Fort Worth?
- Where can I learn more about these crimes?
The Texas Controlled Substance Act is found in Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Illegal drugs—including materials, compounds, mixtures, or preparations containing controlled substances—are divided into six Penalty Groups under sections 481.102 through 481.105 for the purpose of establishing criminal penalties for violations of the Act.
The Penalty Groups under Texas law are largely similar to the schedules established under the federal Controlled Substances Act. State law and federal law classify many illegal drugs similarly.
Hundreds of drugs are classified under these statutes, but a few of the most notable controlled substances and their respective groups include:
- Penalty Group 1 —Cocaine, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB), heroin, ketamine, methamphetamine, morphine, and oxycodone;
- Penalty Group 1-A — Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD);
- Penalty Group 2 — 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy), phencyclidine (PCP), mescaline, and hallucinogenic substances;
- Penalty Group 2-A — Synthetic chemical compounds that generally mimic the effects of marijuana;
- Penalty Group 3 — Alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), methylphenidate (Ritalin), and zolpidem (Ambien).
- Penalty Group 4 — Compounds, mixtures, or preparations containing limited quantities of narcotics.
People can face criminal charges relating to any one of a number of different alleged activities involving controlled substances. The severity of the possible penalties generally depends on the quantity of the alleged drug involved as well as the type of illegal drug.
Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC represents clients facing many sorts of controlled substance crimes, such as:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance;
- Drug Paraphernalia Charges;
- Prescription Fraud / Forgery;
- Possession with Intent to Deliver;
- Drug Trafficking;
- Drug Manufacturing;
- Ecstasy / MDMA Charges;
- Heroin Charges;
- Cocaine Charges;
- Methamphetamine; and
- Synthetic Drugs.
Fort Worth Area of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — NA is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. The organization uses a traditional 12-step model that has been modified to address substance abuse issues. On this website, you can find meetings in the greater Fort Worth area, learn about upcoming activities, and find assorted contact information.
Fort Worth Area Service Office (FWASO)
6816 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Cenikor — The Cenikor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a variety of service and treatment options for adolescents and adults, including detoxification, long- and short-term inpatient, and outpatient services. You can learn more about these services on the organization’s website. The website also has a section providing answers to frequently asked questions.
2209 South Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Substance Abuse | Texas Department of State Health Services — Texas Department of State Health Services is a state agency that was created in 2003 after the Legislature merged the Texas Department of Health, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Texas Health Care Information Council, and Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. On the substance abuse section of the website, you can learn how to get help, review recent announcements, and find a list of Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Centers (OSARs) for substance abuse treatment services.
Find a Fort Worth Lawyer for Drug Offenses
If you are facing criminal charges for an alleged crime involving a controlled substance, you will want to make sure that you have experienced legal representation. Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC assists clients accused of various drug crimes in communities all over Tarrant County, Johnson County, and Parker County.
Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys have more than three decades of combined experience, including previous roles as prosecutors and assistant district attorneys. This background gives our firm a better understanding of the most effective ways to handle drug cases, and we can evaluate your own case when you call 817-502-3600 or submit an online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.