Bell County Drug Crime Attorney
Texas authorities are notoriously aggressive in making arrests for violations of drug laws, and statistics reveal that law enforcement continues to crack down. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), officers arrest almost 90,000 people every year for such crimes as possession, manufacturing, and trafficking in controlled substances. The penalties are harsh even for misdemeanor charges, but felony drug offenses can put you in prison for life.
As such, retaining skilled legal representation is critical if you were charged with violating Texas controlled substances laws. An arrest is just the beginning of the criminal process, and there are multiple opportunities to defend your interests along the way. The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC is prepared to assist with strategies, so please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Bell County drug crime attorney. You might also find it useful to review some background information about the laws.
5 Things to Know About Drug Crimes in Texas
The nature of these cases and severity of the charges vary widely, but you can gain an understanding about how the laws work by considering a few factors.
- One key to a drug offense is the unlawful activity, i.e., possession, distribution, or manufacturing a controlled substance. Prohibited acts include selling, cultivating, packaging, producing, and many others.
- The weight and type of controlled substances are also crucial because these factors dictate the charges. In general, higher amounts of dangerous drugs lead to more serious charges.
- Texas uses a system of Penalty Groups to classify controlled substances. Lower numbers are assigned to drugs that have a high potential for abuse, and little or no use in the medical profession.
- Misdemeanor drug charges can lead to a maximum of a year in jail and $4,000 fine.
- A First Degree Felony drug offense is punishable by 99 years to life in prison.
Legal Help with Defending Drug Charges
With these serious penalties in mind, it is critical to retain an experienced Bell County drug crimes lawyer for help with strategy. A powerful defense in many cases for controlled substances violations involves your civil rights: To get the evidence necessary to prove drug possession, manufacturing, or trafficking, officials often overstep their bounds. If police misconduct amounts to unlawful search and seizure, there may be grounds for a dismissal. The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC will also assist with other defenses and tasks in a drug crimes case, including:
- Representing you at your arraignment and bond hearing;
- Using discovery tools to gather proof for defenses;
- Pursuing and defending motions;
- Appearing for necessary court hearings; and,
- Preparing for and defending you at trial.
Our Bell County Drug Offenses Attorneys Will Defend the Charges
For more information about Texas drug laws and penalties, please contact The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC at 254-330-3214 or visit us online. We are happy to set up a free consultation at our location in Temple, TX. After learning more about your case, a Bell County drug crimes lawyer can advise you on strategies for fighting the charges.