The consequences for drug charges in Texas depend upon many factors, including a defendant’s criminal record, the type and weight of drugs involved, the presence of paraphernalia and firearms, and an alleged crime's proximity to a drug free zone, including schools, youth centers, playgrounds and public swimming pools.
Drug possession alleges you possessed a drug for personal use and consumption. However, a significant amount of a drug in a defendant’s possession, and or the presence of paraphernalia commonly associated with dealing, such as scales, baggies or cash, often prompt authorities to file more serious charges of possession with intent to distribute or drug dealing/trafficking.
Potential penalties include:
Common drugs include:
Early consultation with an experienced Houston defense lawyer is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and your freedom. Drug charges are the most common felonies filed in the court system and a leading generator of court revenue. In most cases, the state is hoping you will plead guilty and attempt to put the incident behind you. We believe that is always a mistake. In addition to court sanctions, drug conviction can carry many long-term consequences, including enhanced penalties for future violations, an increased likelihood that you will be targeted for re-arrest, an inability to hold certain jobs or work in certain professions, adverse outcomes in divorce, child custody or other family law matters, and even denial or residential rental applications, rejection of residency or citizenship applications, and ineligibility for some forms of state and federal aid.
Alex Macias is an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in state and federal court in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, Knogwood, Katy, League City, Stafford, Friendswood, Richmond, Cypress, Clear Lake, Humble and Fulshear.
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