Drug Possession Attorney in Denton Texas
Being charged with the possession of a controlled substance is a serious crime in Texas, and one that should not be taken lightly. If you are facing drug possession charges, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced Denton drug crime lawyer immediately.
In Texas, it is illegal to be in possession of a controlled substance. A controlled substance, as defined by Texas Health and Safety Code section 481.001 means a substance that is listed in schedules I through V. This includes, but is not limited to, drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and more.
When a person is found to be in possession of a control substance, they will almost certainly be arrested and charged with drug possession. The apprehended person will then have the opportunity to defend themselves against such charges.
The penalties for drug possession in Texas are dependent upon myriad factors. These factors include the type of drug in question, the amount of drug in question, and a defendant’s history of convictions. For example, if a person is found to be in possession of a drug that is listed in penalty group one (opiates, opium derivatives, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.), the offense is a state jail felony if the amount in possession was less than one gram. However, if the amount is 400 grams or more, the penalty is imprisonment for at least 10 years and up to 99 years, and a fine of up to $100,000.
Of course, drug possession charges may be accompanied by other charges, such as the intent to distribute or dispense drugs, which could carry more severe penalties (for example, the penalty for delivering more than 399 grams of a penalty group one substance is prison for at least 15 years and up to 99 years, and a fine of up to $250,000.
If you are facing drug possession charges in Denton or surrounding areas of Texas, it is very important that you understand potential defenses to the charges. Brent D. Bowen, Attorney at Law, can assist you in building your defense and help you to prove that the drug was not in fact in your possession, that you were not aware of being in possession of the drug, that the drug had a medical purpose, that the drug has been approved for investigational use, and more. If such defenses are not available to you, our law firm will explore other options on your behalf, such as negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution.
At the law offices of Brent D. Bowen, Attorney at Law, we know how a drug possession conviction can change a life. If you are facing charges, don’t put your future at risk; instead, call our experienced Denton drug possession attorney for a free consultation and more information today. You can also reach our law offices online.