For those facing drug charges in Texas, understanding the common terminology can be helpful. Not only can the use of drugs devastate your personal well-being, but you may also find yourself facing steep fines or even jail time.

First of all, it is important to know that terminology can vary from state to state. Likewise, punishments can also vary greatly. If you face drug charges, it is important to know the laws of that jurisdiction.

One of the most common terms regarding criminal defense of drug charges is “possession” or “simple possession.” This means that you have, or possess, a small amount of a drug on your person. Generally, it is assumed that this small amount is for your own personal use and not to sell to others.

Possession charges can also include you having sole control of the drug. It may not be on you, for example, but you have the only keys to the lockbox it is in.

Another common term associated with drug charges is “drug trafficking.” Trafficking charges include possession of large amounts of drugs with the intent of selling and carries harsher punishments than possession charges.

The number of drugs you have on you is key. You may have purchased a larger amount for personal use over time, but because of this, your charge can be bumped up to drug trafficking. Trafficking can also include growing drugs or making them.

You can also be charged with possessing items used to make or use drugs, like bongs or crack pipes.

Additionally, you should keep in mind that charges and punishments can also be steeper depending on where you were caught with the drugs. For example, places like schools, assisted living facilities and daycares may make charges worse.