An individual can receive a drug charge in Texas for possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing marijuana or even a prescription drug.
Having a hash pipe, rolling papers or even a scale in your possession can lead to a class c misdemeanor conviction. Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, a single joint, can result in a class b misdemeanor charge. Having just one gram over four ounces of marijuana can land you with a felony charge. You can even be charged with a misdemeanor for having a prescription drug in you possession, even if you have a valid doctor’s note, if the medication is not in the bottle you received from the pharmacist.
Whether an individual is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on which penalty group the drug is classified under, on the amount of drugs found in your possession, and whether the state is alleging the drugs were for personal use or selling.
An experienced drug charge attorney can request laboratory test to first determine if the substance is even an illegal drug and second to determine the official weight of the substance for charges. The attorney will check the results to make sure only the substance is weighed at not the baggie the substance was contained in or any stems.
Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, every individual deserves freedom from intrusive search and seizures. An experienced attorney will investigate all aspects of the arrest to determine whether any statutory or constitutional rights were violated. If your rights were violated, in order to protect the freedom and privacy of all individuals, we will work to have the evidenced that was seizure thrown out of court.
Punishment for a drug crime can range from probation to jail time. In some cases, if you are convicted of a drug charge, the judge can suspend your driver’s license for a minimum period of six months for adults and one year for anyone less than twenty-one years old at the time of the offense. A drug conviction in Texas can stay on your criminal history record for life. More and more employers are becoming cautious about hiring an individual with a history of drug use and with the internet today employers are readily able to access any potential employee’s criminal history background.
To avoid the negative impact and social consequences of a drug conviction in Texas, you need an experience attorney who can guide you through the court process.