El Paso Drug Possession Lawyer
Legal Representation for Drug Charges in TX
Texas has passed strict drug laws for possession of controlled substances. Depending on the type of drug, amount, and other factors, you could be facing severe penalties. If you have been charged with drug possession, call Joseph Veith Law for a skilled El Paso attorney with over a decade of experience in both defense and prosecution.
Are you facing a criminal charge? Call (915) 600-6045 to get advice from an experienced trial attorney in Texas.
Texas Drug Possession Laws
In Texas, drugs are categorized by the type of substance and its potential for abuse. The charges and possible penalties are classified into 4 groups, which depend on the classification of the substance.
The penalties for a drug possession conviction in Texas may include:
- Penalty Group 1: Includes opioids (including prescription drugs and heroin), cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and other hallucinogens. A conviction may result in up to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, up to a maximum of life in prison and $300,000 in fines.
- Penalty Group 2: Includes LSD, ecstasy, PCP, and amphetamines. Penalties include up to 2 years in jail, or up to life in prison and $50,000 in fines for 400 grams or more.
- Penalty Group 3: Includes benzodiazepines, Valium, Ritalin, or anabolic steroids. Being found guilty may result in up to 2 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines, or up to life in prison and $50,000 in fines for quantities above 400 grams
- Penalty Group 4: Includes opioids not listed in Group 1 and prescription medications. A conviction can carry a sentence of up to 2 years in jail and $10,000 in fines
Marijuana Possession Charges
Marijuana is in its own category, which covers cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic marijuana. If convicted, you could be sentenced to the following:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Mandatory drug treatment
Your driver’s license may be suspended for up to six months. In some cases, the charge can be dismissed after successful completion of a drug treatment program.
Evaluate Possible Defense Strategies for Drug Possession
Just because you were arrested for drug possession that does not mean you must admit guilt. There are several possible defenses to drug possession charges, so it is important to seek advice from an experienced attorney. Our El Paso drug possession lawyer has represented numerous clients in these types of cases and has a proven track record of success.
We can help you consider defense strategies, such as:
- Having a drug used for medical purposes, such as medical marijuana
- Having a prescription drug
- Not knowing the drug was in possession
- Having an insufficient quantity
- Having a drug not intended for human consumption
- Having a drug approved for investigational use
We can also evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and how evidence was gathered to make sure your Constitutional rights were not violated by law enforcement officers. For example, evidence collected during an unreasonable search may be challenged in court. This can make a big difference in the outcome of your case, so it is always in your best interests to get advice from an attorney before admitting guilt.
Get Legal Advice Before Speaking to Police
Unfortunately, we have seen many well-meaning people hurt their cases by offering too much information to law enforcement officers or speaking to police without having an attorney present. You have the right to an attorney. Exercise this right and get legal advice before making a statement or answering questions.
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