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Texas Heroin Laws

Texas takes a relatively strict stance on hard drugs, including heroin and other powerful narcotics. Possession of even a small amount of heroin -- less than one gram -- is charged as a felony and may result in jail time, while possession with intent to sell can get you a life sentence. Some, but not all, court districts in Texas offer drug diversion programs for first-time offenders in lieu of prison.

Refer to the table below to learn more about Texas heroin laws, or see Details on State Heroin Laws for more general information.

Code Section Health & Safety §481.001, et seq.
Possession Less than 1 g.: state jail felony; 1-4 g.: 3rd degree felony; 4-200 g.: 2nd degree felony; 200-400 g.: 1st degree felony; 400 g. and over: 10-99 yrs. or life in Texas Department of Criminal Justice institution and/or $100,000
Sale Less than 1 g.: state jail felony; 1-4 g.: 2nd degree felony; 4-200 g.: 1st degree felony; 200-400 g.: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice institution for life or 10-99 yrs. and/or $100,000; 400 g. and over: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice institution for life or 15-99 yrs. and/or $250,000; Delivery to minor under 17 who is enrolled in school: 2nd degree felony; Within drug-free zone: stricter penalties
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Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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