Are you or someone you love facing possible drug charges? Not sure what steps you should take?
If you’re up against these type of charges, it’s important to take immediate action. Follow our quick and easy guide to ensure you’re in the best position to face them.
Hire an Attorney
Your very first course of action should be to hire an attorney. Texas has very strict laws and tough prosecutors when it comes to any type of drug charges.
Ensuring that you have a professional who is well-versed in defending against these types of charges is critical. A good attorney could make the difference between an acquittal and a conviction, and also impact the length and severity of a sentence, should you get one.
The sooner you contact an attorney, the quicker they’ll be able to work with you on your case and help you to understand your options and create a course of action.
Seek Treatment, if Possible
Those that are facing drug charges are often drug tested multiple times through the process. Getting and remaining sober is very important and can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case.
If it’s possible, seek inpatient or outpatient treatment while your case is pending or in process. Not only can it have a positive influence on your case, more importantly, it will have a positive impact on your life.
Understand the Possible Charges
Drug charges in Texas will vary based on several criteria: the type of drug, how much of it is found, how those drugs were concealed, any additional paraphernalia found, cash on hand at the time of arrest, and prior offense and convictions.
Charges will vary based on those factors and activity occurring at the time of apprehension. Charges can include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of paraphernalia
- Intent to sell
- Delivery of a controlled substance
- Manufacture of a controlled substance
Each of these charges requires different proceedings and also different responses.
Know the Potential Penalties
Depending on the drugs that are included in the charges brought against you, the penalties will vary across groups. Drugs in the Penalty 1 category traditionally have much harsher sentences than those in Penalty 4.
Here’s a quick break down of the penalty groups:
Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine.
Penalty Group 1-A: LSD and its analogs.
Penalty Group 2: Ecstasy, mescaline, psychedelic mushrooms, PCP, hash, and THC other than marijuana.
Penalty Group 2-A: Synthetic cannabinoids.
Penalty Group 3: Xanax, Ativan, Ritalin, Valium, Rivotril, and others.
Penalty Group 4: This category refers to drugs that include low doses of narcotics, like Tylenol with codeine.
Texas will look at your charges and the penalty group of the drug that was present to determine punishment upon conviction.
Sentences include anything from small fines and community service, to probation, mandatory substance abuse treatment, property or asset seizure, fines of $100,000 or more, and mandatory jail or prison time.
Don’t Face Drug Charges Alone
Experienced attorneys can help you to build the best defense for your case. As a former prosecutor, Aaron W. Perry understands how to best build a defense for the charges you’re facing. Contact him today for an evaluation of your case.