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Cheating a Drug Test with Synthetic Urine: Can I Face Criminal Charges?

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Prosper Marijuana Possession LawyerMany Texas employers require applicants and employees to take a drug test. Workers are asked to provide a urine sample which is then tested for THC, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, and other drugs. Individuals hoping to get or keep their jobs often ask whether cheating on a drug test is illegal. There are products such as synthetic urine and blocking agents on the market that are used to falsify drug test results. Most people assume that job loss is the worst possible outcome of using these products. However, in Texas, it is possible to face criminal charges for falsifying a drug test result. 

What Happens If I Cheat a Drug Test for Work?

Texas is known for having strict drug laws. Marijuana, cannabis, and THC products are still illegal in Texas. Penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana have been reduced in recent years, but it is still a crime to possess any amount of marijuana in Texas. There are only a few exceptions for the medical use of very low-THC marijuana products. Cultivation and delivery or sale of marijuana are penalized even more harshly. 

However, many people still use THC and other illegal substances. When their boss tells them they must take a random drug test, they panic. Some turn to products such as synthetic urine or even purchase another person's urine to use during the test. 

In Texas, it is illegal to knowingly use, manufacture, or deliver a substance or device to falsify drug test results. You can find yourself in handcuffs if you use fake urine or chemicals to beat a drug test. You could also face charges for possessing a device used to conceal urine for the purposes of faking a drug test. 

If you are caught cheating a drug test or simply possessing the tools needed to cheat a drug test, you could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail. If you are caught manufacturing or selling substances or devices used to cheat a drug test, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail. 

Contact Our Frisco Drug Crime Defense Lawyers

If you or a loved one are facing charges for drug possession, drug dealing, falsifying drug test results, or another drug crime, contact our Collin County criminal defense attorneys for help. Call Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson P.L.L.C. at 469-333-3333 right away. Set up your free consultation today.

 

Source:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/StatutesByDate.aspx?code=HS&value=481.133&date=5/11/2015

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