A drug crime conviction can not only lead to severe penalties including jail time, it can also open the door for the seizure of your assets and property and take away many of the rights that we are all entitled to. The seriousness of drug crimes can often lead to charges that are unfounded or false and prosecution won’t hold back in seeking a conviction. An experienced San Marcos drug crimes attorney and criminal defense lawyer will ensure that every avenue is sought out to help you avoid conviction or lessen the penalties you may face now and for the rest of your life.
Illegal drugs are classified according to a “schedule.” These range from 1 to 5, with schedule 1 drugs being the most serious charge. If you are in possession of an illegal substance, or a legal drug without a prescription, you can be charged with a drug offense. Schedule 1 drugs include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, and ecstasy. These drugs are prohibited because they have no beneficial medical use and have a high rate of abuse. Schedule 2 drugs include opiates. Schedule 3, 4 and 5 substances tend to be available in pharmacies under controlled dosages as prescribed by a doctor. Regardless of the type of drug, working with a qualified drug lawyer is the best way to ensure that your rights are upheld. We can give you the clarity of understanding the penalties you may face and determine the best avenue of defense.
Types of Drug Crimes
Drug charges can come in many forms and none of them should be taken lightly. Drug charges can include drug possession, drug sale or distribution, drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, and federal drug crimes such as smuggling drugs across state lines. The penalties involved vary, depending on the type of drug involved and the amount. If weapons were used or minors were involved, these penalties can dramatically increase.
Possession is the most common drug charge. A possession charge can be based on actual possession, such as drugs found in a pocket or on your person, or “constructive” possession, which is based on whether or not there was control over where drugs where found, such as in a home or locker. Possession can also extend to drug paraphernalia such as pipes, bongs, syringes, scales or other objects.
Distribution is charged when a person is accused of selling or delivering a controlled substance. In larger quantities, this can also be known as “trafficking.” Penalties and charges for distribution and trafficking depend on the amount involved, where the arrest took place, and past criminal record.
Growing or cultivating a controlled substance is illegal under state and federal laws. This can also include producing the individual elements used to create substances as well as producing controlled substances through chemical processes such as LSD, cocaine, meth, and other substances.
A Drug Attorney Experienced in Texas Law
Texas has a reputation for harsh sentences in drug offenses. When you combine that with the fact that drug charges are one of the most frequently charged crimes, you get a system that often overlooks personal rights to obtain a conviction. Texas prisons are full of those who didn’t do everything they could to fight a drug offense and avoid conviction. Our job is to make sure you aren’t one of them. Issues that come into question in drug crimes include search and seizure procedures. You may have been wrongly accused of possession for a substance that wasn’t yours. Whatever circumstances led to your arrest, an aggressive San Marcos drug charges lawyer will help you to build a defense that questions every aspect of the prosecution’s case. We will leave no stone unturned in our investigation and defense.
Talk to a Qualified Drug Lawyer First!
In drug crime arrests or any type of criminal arrest, it is extremely important to remember your rights. One of the most important is your right to qualified counsel before you answer any questions. You may think your innocence protects you and feel that it’s alright to make a statement to police. Don’t do it! Without a complete understanding of the charges you are facing or how a statement might be used against you, going it alone can injure your defense and devastate your life. Contact us immediately. We will protect you and your future and make sure that ALL of your rights are upheld, giving you the best chance of moving forward with your future intact.