Methamphetamine is a strong drug that has highly addictive properties. It stimulates the central nervous system and, in the short term, can cause wakefulness and decreased appetite. It can also cause negative side effects such as increased blood pressure and rapid or irregular heartbeats.
Unfortunately, methamphetamine does affect the brain's dopamine levels. It causes dopamine to release rapidly, which gives off a sense of well-being and triggers a reward response in the body. This leads to addiction by making the user want to repeat the experience.
Why is methamphetamine illegal?
Methamphetamine has many serious long-term side effects and complications. Those who inject are more likely to share needles and spread diseases such as hepatitis B and C. Methamphetamine also affects your ability to make good decisions, leading to an increased risk of infection and risky behaviors.
Other possible complications of long-term methamphetamine use include:
- Sleeping problems
- Violent behaviors
- Intense itching
- Dental problems
- Extreme weight loss
- Memory loss
- Changes in the structure and function of the brain
What charges can you face for possessing methamphetamine in Texas?
Possessing illegal substances violates the Texas Controlled Substances Act. That means that you could face harsh penalties for possessing methamphetamine including:
- Class B misdemeanors
- Class A misdemeanors
- 3rd degree felonies
- 1st degree felonies
The kind of penalties you'll face depends on how much of the drug was in your possession, how you had it concealed or stored, past convictions and other factors. You should know that the highest penalty that is given for drug possession in Texas is life in prison with fines of up to $250,000.
Since there is a risk of going to prison, facing heavy fines and other penalties, it's important to work with an attorney if you're accused of a drug crime. Texas has some of the strictest drug laws in the country, so facing drug crimes here is an even greater risk than in other parts of the United States.
Why work with a criminal defense attorney?
A criminal defense attorney can talk to you more about the charges and make sure you understand them. They can also help negotiate for alternatives, such as substance abuse treatment instead of a prison sentence, and work with you to help you prepare to be seen in court. A solid defense for methamphetamine charges is a must, since this illegal drug is among the worst to be caught with.