Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility and Contraband in a Correctional Facility in Texas

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Posted on: September 28, 2016
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It is a crime to bring "prohibited substances" and "items" or "contraband" into a correctional facility, such as a prison or a jail.  “Prohibited substances” include an alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, or dangerous drug.
 
Prohibited items” include deadly weapons, cellular telephones or other wireless communication devices, money, and cigarettes or tobacco products.
 
Contraband” refers to any materials not provided by or authorized by the operator of the correctional facility. You can be charged with this crime even if you do not actually hand off the contraband to an inmate – merely introducing contraband inside the correctional facility premises is enough to be charged with a crime. Additionally, if you are inmate and are found with contraband on your person, you may be charged with contraband in a correctional facility
 
 
A person commits the offense of Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility, if the person provides, or possesses with the intent to provide:  1. An alcoholic beverage.  2.  A controlled substance.  3.  A dangerous drug.   4.  A deadly weapon. 5. A cellular phone or other wireless device. 6.  Money.  7. A cigarette or other tobacco product to anyone confined in a correctional facility.   
 
A person also commits the offense of Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility, if he or she possesses a controlled substance or dangerous drug while in a correctional facility or on property owned, used, or controlled by a correctional facility; or possesses a deadly weapon while in a correctional facility.
 
Jason Trumpler has 15-years of experience defending individuals accused of crimes like Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility and Contraband in a Correctional Facility. He currently practices criminal defense in the greater Austin area. Our office is dedicated to preserving your freedom and obtaining the best possible outcome on your case. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
 
Potential Consequences
 
Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility and criminal attempt to commit Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility are both punishable as a felony of the third degree.  This includes a potential prison term of 2 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and/or a $10,000 fine.
 
When people think of contraband, they typically think of items like weapons or drugs.  Those types of items are covered and charged under the more serious Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility statute.  Texas law defines contraband as any item not provided or authorized by the correctional facility, or an item that was provided by the facility but has been altered from its original state. 
 
Typically, Contraband in a Correctional Facility is a Class C Misdemeanor. If you are a convicted of a Class C Misdemeanor, you may be required to pay a fine of up to $500.
 
However, if you are an employee or a volunteer at the correctional facility and you are found with contraband, the charge may be heightened to a Class B Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor, you may be sentenced to up to 6-months in the county jail and required to pay a fine of up to $2,000.
 
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If you have been charged with Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility and Contraband in a Correctional Facility, contact the Law Office of Jason Trumpler today. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of criminal law experience, and will analyze your case to build the strongest defense possible.  He currently practices in the greater Austin area including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bell, Burnet, Comal, and Coryell counties. Call us today at 512-457-5200.
 

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