Methamphetamine is a nineteenth century drug that has gained popularity in recent years. Also known as meth, crystal meth, ice and crank, crystal methamphetamine is highly addictive. Reducing the availability of this debilitating illicit drug has been assigned a high priority by the law enforcement community. A criminal charge for the possession, manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine is best handled by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Crystal methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that is manufactured, or cooked, in makeshift labs. Meth interacts with the central nervous system to imitate the release of dopamine, creating a rush that can last up to 12 hours. The drug is often smoked, but it can also be injected, ingested or snorted. A meth user can experience successive cycles of pleasurable rushes and crashes that can lead to an addictive habit.
Crystal meth has a reputation for damaging personal health and destroying families. This dangerous drug is known to promote anxiety, psychotic behavior, paranoia, insomnia, weight loss, tooth decay and even suicide. An escalation in criminal activity and violence has also been attributed to continuous meth use.
Sometimes referred to as speed, crystal methamphetamine produces feelings of euphoria and heightened alertness. Due to its affordability, meth has even surpassed cocaine as the drug of choice in major cities throughout the United States. The possession of any amount of meth in the state of Texas is illegal and will result in a felony charge. The following range of penalties may result from the possession, manufacture, possession of paraphernalia or distribution of crystal meth:
- State jail felony for the possession of one gram or less: 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- Enhanced 1st degree felony for possession of at least 400 grams: ten to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000
A crystal methamphetamine charge requires an aggressive defense strategy. Every element of the prosecution’s case must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in charges or outright dismissal of the case.