What Happens If I Get Caught with Drugs in My Car?

Maverick Ray Law
May 11, 2022

Potential Penalties of Drug Possession in Texas

You could face severe penalties if drugs are found in a vehicle that you are a passenger in or are driving. The best way to protect yourself from serious consequences is to never consent to a search by law enforcement officers and always retain an attorney after an arrest for a drug crime in Texas.

At Maverick Ray & Associates, we are aggressive defenders of the people. We believe in fighting to protect people’s constitutional rights and the freedoms afforded to them by law. If you are arrested for a crime you didn’t commit or are facing harsh criminal penalties for a drug offense, contact our office at (281) 672-8029.

What to Do If You Are Caught with Drugs in Your Vehicle

It is important to remember that simply because you were caught with drugs in your car does not mean that you will be convicted of a crime. Unless you give law enforcement a reason to suspect you have drugs in your vehicle, then they will not likely know that they are there.

Therefore, you should NEVER consent to a search of your vehicle. With the help of an experienced drug crime attorney, any evidence found during an illegal search may be suppressed and unable to be used at trial. If you happen to have drugs in your vehicle, keep them concealed and keep your mouth shut.

What Crime Will I Be Charged With?

Depending on the circumstances of the case, you could be charged with several offenses if drugs are found in your vehicle. The type and quantity of the drug matters. Drugs are classified by Penalty Group with differing degrees of punishment depending on their criminal classification. The larger the amount of the controlled substance you have, the more severe the penalties will be.

Potential crimes you could be charged with if drugs are found in your vehicle:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute or deliver
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Transportation of a controlled substance

It is worth noting that both drivers and passengers can be charged with possession. The prosecutor will look for an affirmative link between the drugs and the person. Under Texas law, a person does not have to have the drugs physically on them to be in possession. A person could be charged with drug possession if the substance was in their “actual care, custody, control or management.

Things to Remember About Drugs in Your Vehicle

You can face severe penalties if you are caught with drugs in your vehicle. The safest idea is to never transport controlled substances without a valid prescription. If you do have drugs in your car, keep them concealed and never consent to a search.

If you are arrested for possession or another drug charge, contact our office immediately. Do not wait. Your freedom is on the line. For instance, possession of less than one gram of cocaine could still result in a felony conviction. Let us protect your freedom and your reputation.

Arrested for Having Drugs in Your Car? Contact Our Office Today.

If you were arrested for having drugs in your car, contact our office at (281) 672-8029. We are experienced trial lawyers known for getting even the toughest cases reduced and dismissed. Get the legal representation you need when your future is on the line. Call now for a free consultation.