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Alcohol and Drug Penalties

TEXAS STATE LAW

Offense Class/Degree

Minimum

Punishment

Maximum

Punishment

For Minors
Manufacture or delivery of controlled substance (drugs) State Jail Felony to First Degree Felony Up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 10 years to life in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 Same
Possession of controlled substance (drugs) State Jail Felony to First Degree Felony Up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 15 years to life in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 Same
Possession or delivery of marijuana Class B Misdemeanor to First Degree Felony 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, or both 5 years to life in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 Same
Driving while intoxicated (alcohol or other drugs, or both) Class B Misdemeanor to Third Degree Felony BAC - .08 72 hours to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, or both 2 to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 Any detectable amount
Public intoxication Class C Misdemeanor Fine of up to $500 Fine of $250 to $2,000, jail time of up to 180 days, community service of 8 to 40 hours, driver's license suspension for 30 to 180 days, and attend one alcohol awareness class Begin with maximum punishment
Purchase, consumption, or possession of alcohol by a minor Class C Misdemeanor Attend one alcohol awareness class, 20-40 hours community service, fine up to $500, 30-day driver's license suspension 180 day driver's license suspension, up to $2,000 fine, 180 day jail term N/A
Sale of alcohol to a minor Class A Misdemeanor Fine up to $4,000, up to one year in jail, or both, 180-day driver's license suspension Fine up to $4,000, up to one year in jail, or both, 180-day driver's license suspension N/A

FEDERAL LAW

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacturing, distribution, or dispelling of illegal drugs Imprisonment up to 3 years or a fine of $250,000, or both Life imprisonment (no parole) and fine up to $8 million (individual) or $20 million (other)
Possession of illegal drugs Imprisonment for up to 1 year and a fine of not less than $1,000 5 to 20 years imprisonment and fine of at least $5,000 plus investigation/court costs
Distribution of drugs to a person under 21 years of age Double the federal penalty for distribution of drugs Triple the federal penalty for distribution of drugs

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