Despite an overall relaxation of drug laws in many states, Texas has generally not followed suit. Laws in the state are still some of the most restrictive in the nation. This means that if you’re charged with drug possession, or any other related drug crime, you could be facing serious consequences.
It’s critical if you’re charged that you retain the services of a top-notch drug crimes attorney immediately.
How you are charged with drug possession will be determined by several factors, most dealing with the type and quantity of the drug. Other factors may include whether or not the drugs were found with a large sum of cash, how the drugs were concealed, and whether or not you were transporting at the time of your arrest. If this is the case, you could also be charged with distribution of drugs, making your problems even more difficult to resolve.
Even possessing small quantities of certain drugs can result in long prison sentences and stiff fines.
Drugs are divided into specific classes, and those classes impact the types of penalties a person may be facing.
For example, if you are convicted for possession of cocaine, heroin, LSD or methamphetamines, you could get a sentence as short as two years or to up to a life sentence in jail, along with a fine of up to $250,000.
Valium, Ritalin and other chemical compound drug convictions will net you at least one year in and up to 20 years in jail, with $10,000 in fines.
Marijuana has its own class, and if you’re convicted of possession of as little as less than two ounces, you could still face a sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a $10,000 fine.
The good news is that in some cases, your attorney may be able to strike a plea deal and get you significantly smaller penalties, but that will also rest on mitigating factors, such as whether or not you have been convicted previously.
The Law Office of Maverick Ray serves clients in Houston, Pasadena and other nearby Texas communities.