Texas Steroid Laws
People often take steroids so that they can develop muscle mass and increase their physical fitness. Some student athletes in high school and college take steroids.
But anabolic steroids are illegal per the Texas Controlled Substances Act. This means if you are in possession of anabolic steroids, you are subject to fine or arrest. And if you are caught selling or distributing anabolic steroids, you face even more serious criminal charges.
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Steroid Possession Charges & Penalties
If you knowingly are in possession of steroids, law enforcement can charge you with a class A misdemeanor if the amount is less than 28 grams. If you are in possession of more than 28 grams, you may be charged with a felony in the third degree. This means that steroid possession will go on your criminal record if you are convicted.
If you are in possession of more than 200 grams of steroids, you may be charged with a second degree felony. This results in jail time. If you are in possession of 400 grams or more of anabolic steroids, you can be put in prison for a minimum of five years, up to life.
Note that both Texas state law and federal law prohibit the use and possession of anabolic steroids.
You can be prosecuted under state and federal law for the crime. Usually, the agency that arrests you will determine if it will be charged as a state or federal crime.
If it is charged at the federal level, you could receive up to one year in prison and at least $1000 in fines. Under federal law, anabolic steroids are a schedule III controlled substance.
If you are convicted of a second offense at the federal level, you can be put in prison for a minimum of 15 days and up to two years. The minimum fine is $2500. A third offense will put you in jail for 90 days up to three years, and a minimum fine of $5000.
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