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Understanding illegal possession of prescription drugs in Texas

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Getting caught with illegal prescription medications in Texas can lead to serious legal trouble. It is important to understand which substances are illegal and the potential penalties.

What types of prescription drugs are illegal?

Any medication that cannot be sold without a prescription can be considered illegal. For example, someone caught with an anxiety medication or a pain medication their doctor did not prescribe could be in trouble. However, someone who has a prescription pain medication that a doctor prescribed for surgery recovery would not be in trouble for having that lawful medication. Stimulants, antidepressants, opioids and antipsychotics are some types of prescription medications that people often obtain illegally for recreational use.

What are the penalties for getting caught with illegal prescription drugs?

Penalties can vary and depend on several factors. For example, if someone is caught with prescription drugs for personal use, the penalty may not be as strict as it would be if they intended to sell the drugs. The amount of the substance, any prior criminal convictions and other factors can play a role in determining penalties. First-time offenders may receive lighter punishments, including fines, rehab or similar penalties. People with a history of drug crimes or other crimes in addition to possessing unlawful prescription medications may face fines and jail or prison time. Each case is different. While some people take their cases to trial, others may choose to accept a plea deal for drug crimes.

Facing any charge of possessing or distributing illegal prescription medications is serious. This is especially true for those on probation or in treatment for drug misuse.