Attorney for Drug Possession Charges in Plano, Texas
Collin County Law Firm Representing Clients in Drug Crimes Cases
As reform measures regarding drug laws spread across the United States, many people are starting to think that being caught with drugs is not a serious problem. They may assume that if they are not manufacturing or distributing controlled substances that they are in no danger of serious criminal consequences like imprisonment. The reality, however, is that being caught in possession of illicit substances can result in life-changing penalties, even if it is your first offense.
The dedicated legal professionals at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. believe that criminal defendants deserve an aggressive and competent defense. Our team has over 20 years of experience successfully handling drug possession cases in Texas, and we have helped secure more than 300 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for our clients. If you are facing drug possession charges, we are prepared to put our proven approach to work for you.
Lawyer for Those Accused of Possessing Drugs in Fort Worth
When a person is found to have an illegal substance in their possession, they can be arrested on drug possession charges. The illegal drug may have been on their person, such as in a pocket, or it could have been in their car or home. If the amount of drugs that were found on a person or in their property is substantial, they could face drug distribution charges as well. The severity of criminal consequences for a drug possession conviction depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime, the particular substance in question, the amount of the substance found, and the defendant's criminal history.
Defending Against Cannabis Possession Charges
One of the most common drug possession charges in Texas involves the possession of under two ounces of marijuana. Under Texas law, this offense carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail. However, Attorney Darlina Crowder can often negotiate a deal for probation in exchange for the client's participation in and successful completion of a drug treatment program. In some cases, drug possession charges may be dropped entirely, allowing the defendant to completely avoid a conviction and a permanent mark on his or her record.
The possession of under two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor while possession of between two and four ounces is a Class A misdemeanor. If you are caught with over four ounces of cannabis, however, you could face felony charges. Possession over four ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana is a state jail felony and carries a term of up to two years in jail. Possession of more than five pounds of marijuana is a third-degree felony offense punishable by up to ten years in prison. For marijuana possession over 2,000 pounds, the punishment could include life in prison.
Possession of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, MDMA, or Prescription Drugs
Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and certain opiates are categorized in Texas as part of "Penalty Group 1." If you are convicted of possessing less than one gram of a controlled substance from Penalty Group 1, you face up to two years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. Possession of Penalty Group 2 substances such as DMT, MDMA, synthetic THC, psilocybin, and mescaline, also carries a penalty of up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Many prescription drugs are in Penalty Group 3. Possession of less than 28 grams of certain prescription pills is a misdemeanor offense while possession of amounts greater than 28 grams is a felony.
If you are charged with possessing larger amounts of a substance listed in any of the Texas penalty groups, you are subject to more severe consequences. A conviction could even put you behind bars for the rest of your life.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been charged with drug possession, do not delay. Contact The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. immediately. Our team will fight to ensure that your rights are fully protected every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us at 214-303-9600. We serve clients in Plano, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Collin County, Denton County, and the neighboring areas. Se habla Español.