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Drug / Narcotics Crimes

Drug abuse violations annually account for a significant number of arrests in the state of Texas. Collin County is no exception, and alleged offenders accused of controlled substance crimes can face serious criminal charges that carry steep penalties.

The classification of alleged drug or narcotics offenses usually depends on a number of factors, including the amount of the controlled substance that was allegedly involved, the type of controlled substance, and the prior criminal record of the alleged offender. In many cases, convictions not only carry possible imprisonment and fines, but also lead to several long-term consequences that dramatically impact a person’s ability to obtain employment, housing, or professional licensing.

Drugs Narcotics Crime

Lawyer for Drug / Narcotics Crimes in Plano, TX

Were you recently arrested anywhere in the greater Collin County area for an alleged criminal offense involving a controlled substance? Do not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today.

Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Plano who represent individuals accused of drug and narcotics offenses in communities throughout Collin County, including Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Allen, and many others. They can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (469) 304-3422 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.

Collin County Drug / Narcotics Crimes Information Center

  • How are different drugs classified in Texas?
  • What kinds of drug crimes can people be charged with?
  • Where can I learn more about drug and narcotics crimes in Collin County?

Texas Drug Penalty Groups

Much like the federal government classifies controlled substances under certain schedules based on their respective potential for abuse and/or harm, state law in Texas divides illegal drugs into six different Penalty Groups. The Texas Controlled Substance Act, established under Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, lists controlled substances under their respective Penalty Groups.

The criminal classification of certain drug crimes is dependent upon the Penalty Group that a controlled substance falls under. Penalty Groups in Texas include some of the following illegal drugs:

  • Penalty Group 1 — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.102 includes cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and oxycodone;
  • Penalty Group 1-A — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.1021 includes lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and its analogs;
  • Penalty Group 2 — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.103 includes 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly), and phencyclidine (PCP);
  • Penalty Group 2-A — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.1031 includes materials, compounds, mixtures, or preparations that contains any quantity of a natural or synthetic chemical substance;
  • Penalty Group 3 — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.104 includes alprazolam (Xanax), methylphenidate (Ritalin), diazepam (Valium), and zolpidem (Ambien).
  • Penalty Group 4 — Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.105 includes compounds, mixtures, or preparations containing limited quantities of narcotics.

Common Drug / Narcotics Crimes in Collin County

In addition to the Penalty Group that a controlled substance falls under, the classification of an alleged drug crime also depends on the type of alleged activity that an individual was involved in. In many cases, excess amounts of an illegal drug can directly impact the type of alleged offense people are charged with.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy handles such controlled substance crimes as:

  • Cocaine Charges
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Heroin Charges
  • MDMA / Ecstasy Arrests
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Prescription Drug Fraud

Texas Drug / Narcotics Crime Resources

Substance Abuse Program | Collin County — The Collin County Substance Abuse Program provides professional alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to all Collin County residents, including assessments, referrals, information, education, and other related services. Visit this website to learn more about some of the services the Substance Abuse Program provides, including prevention, intervention, and treatment. You can also find information about community organizations, drug offender education, adult intensive outpatient programs, and other resources.

Collin County Substance Abuse Program
900 E. Park Blvd, Suite 130
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 548-5570

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — NA sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program of the late 1940s, and experienced tremendous growth in 1983 following the publication of its self-titled Basic Text book. The name Narcotics Anonymous is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug, and you can find additional information about NA and what happens at NA meetings on this website. You can use this website to search for meeting in your areas or locate helplines and websites for local groups near you who can assist you in finding a meeting.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Plano Drug / Narcotics Crime Defense Attorney

If you were arrested for any kind of alleged drug crime in Collin County, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defends clients in McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Plano, and many surrounding areas of Collin County.

Plano criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton can examine every aspect of your arrest and work to help you achieve the most favorable outcome that results in the fewest possible penalties. Call (469) 304-3422 or submit an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.


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