Drug Offense Cases Serving Greater Houston
Understanding Drug Possession Cases
In many cases, drugs charges are filed as the result of improper searches and illegal seizures. If you have been charged with drug possession in Brazoria County, Galveston County or Harris County, you need a lawyer who knows how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Weed & Texas Law
Because it is the most common illegal controlled substance, marijuana has its own special classification under Texas drug law.
The penalties vary widely depending on the amount of marijuana the accused had on his person at the time of arrest and how he intended to use the drug.
As a former Prosecutor Clay Caldwell is well-versed in proper police procedure. If your constitutional rights were violated, the court will often reduce the charges against you or even dismiss your case entirely.
Related crimes include possession with intent to distribute, drug manufacturing, prescription drug crimes, and drug trafficking. Because drug possession is a serious crime that can result in life-changing penalties, it is absolutely imperative to work with a Texas criminal defense lawyer who understands the law in this area.
Drug possession offenders are prosecuted based on three basic criteria:
- The Type Of Drug
- The Amount Of Drugs
- And Aggravating Circumstances (intent to sell or taking drugs into a school zone)
- First offenders can be fined up to $2,000, sentenced to up to 180 days in jail, and lose their license for up to one year.
- Two-time offenders can be fined up to $4,000, spend up to one year in jail, and lose their license for up to two years.
- Offenders with three convictions face a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison, and the loss of their license for up to two years. Additionally, whether you’re on your first conviction or your fourth, you must pay an annual license reinstatement fee.