Seasoned Criminal Defense When You Are Contending With Drug Crime Charges
Texas’ enforcement tactics for violations involving state and federal drug laws are some of the toughest in the nation. The ever-changing nature of legislative updates and case law can make the consequences difficult to follow, even if you regularly keep up with the news about decriminalization and compassionate use laws on television or the internet.
For more than two decades, our criminal defense lawyers at Lloyd & Associates, PLLC, have been at the negotiation table and in the courtroom advocating for the best interests of our clients. We have represented people facing all types of drug offense charges, including for:
- Possession with intent to sell
When you are contending with an arrest for suspicion of controlled substance violations, the sooner you call us, the sooner we can start building a strong defense for you.
Penalties And Sentencing For Drug Violations Are Harsh
Penalties for a conviction of drug violation charges will depend on the type of controlled substance in question – such as cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, LSD, marijuana, opium and others – and the amount or weight of the illegal drug. In addition to identifying and weighing the substance, law enforcement is going to record the type of storage or concealment and whether a scale, weapons and heaps of cash were found in the bust. If you have past convictions for drug violations, the penalties will be stiffer.
Texas laws are confusing when it comes to terms like “minimum” and “maximum penalties,” “group 1” or “group 2” substances, and the varying weight measurements corresponding with the various punishment ranges. For example, the punishment range for possession of controlled substances, or drug possession penalties, in Texas may include:
- Class B or Class A misdemeanor charges – may result in up to one year in jail and/or up to a fine of $4,000
- Third-degree felony possession of opiates such as cocaine and heroin, 1 to 4 grams – could result in federal prison time of two to 10 years and fine of up to $10,000
- First degree felony manufacture or delivery of cocaine or heroin four to 200 grams – could result in a sentence of up to 99 years prison and/or a $250,000 fine
By law, the prosecution must prove that your constitutional rights were not subject to violation in the process of your arrest. They must also provide evidence that all of several levels or elements of the crime are in violation for a charge to stick. Our founding attorney, Andrew M. Lloyd, is a former prosecutor. He draws from his in-depth experience on the other side of the courtroom provide each of our clients with a robust defense.
Take A Step Toward Justice. Call Us.
Do not wait to get a knowledgeable defense lawyer in your corner. At the law office of Lloyd & Associates, PLLC, we believe that actions speak louder than words. We will listen to your side of the story, investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, speak to witnesses and build a strong strategy to help you get through the battle with the best possible outcome.