Drug possession is taken very seriously in Austin and all throughout Texas. The penalties vary depending on the type and quantity of substance one was found in possession of, but they are all serious.
In Texas, defendants accused of nonviolent drug offenses can participate in drug court, including court-ordered treatment for substance use disorder, as part of a pretrial diversion program or as a condition of their probation.
For some crimes, a person may get probation instead of more severe punishment such as jail time. Probation means that the person gets released back into the community and can pretty much live their life as normal.