If you have been charged with possessing, selling, or manufacturing drugs in Frisco, TX, you could end up going to jail and having a criminal record for the rest of your life if convicted. Texas takes drug crimes very seriously and does not always show leniency to first-time or marijuana offenders.
A drug crimes lawyer in Frisco, TX, can help you move past these charges and get on with your life with minimal damage. The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg fights for the rights of the accused. We offer a free consultation at which a member of our team will sit down with you and discuss your various legal options. To get legal help today, call us at 214-696-9253.
Levels of Drug Crimes in Frisco, TX
The Texas Controlled Substances Act stretches out to over 100 pages of largely opaque legal language describing the various ways a person can violate the state’s drug laws and the different penalties for each violation. The laws are complex for someone with a legal background, let alone a regular citizen. That said, ignorance of the law is never accepted as a defense for breaking it.
Attorney Randall Isenberg and his team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg understand the various nuances and complexities of Texas drug laws. We use this knowledge to our clients’ advantage, helping them beat their charges when possible or, at the very least, avoid the worst penalties that come with a conviction.
Texas has three basic types of drug crimes:
You can get charged with and convicted of drug possession in Texas if found even with a tiny quantity of an illegal substance on your person — and that includes marijuana, which is not legal in the state as of 2019. A conviction does not even require you to have been in physical contact with the drug. If the drug was in a location you control, such as your car, home, or locker, the state considers that possession.
It is illegal in Texas not only to grow, cook, or formulate any illegal drug or substance, but also to purchase, own, or possess material or paraphernalia used to manufacture drugs.
Drug delivery refers to any situation in which you sell or give drugs to another person. If you are found in possession of more than a certain quantity of a drug, or you are alleged to have attempted to transport drugs across state lines, you could face charges for intent to deliver, even if there is no other evidence that you had a drug deal in the works.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Texas
The possible penalties for a drug conviction in Texas depend on several factors. One of them is the type of drug involved. Texas classifies drugs in several “penalty groups” and has a specific set of penalties pertaining to each group.
Penalty Group 1
Penalty Group 1 includes drugs such as opiates, methamphetamine, and PCP. Subgroup 1A includes LSD. If caught in possession of a drug from Penalty Group 1 or 1A, you could face up to two years in jail in a fine of up to $10,000. You also could have a felony conviction on your record for the rest of your life.
Penalty Group 2
Penalty Group 2 includes amphetamines, synthetic THC, and Quaaludes. Possession carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Penalty Group 2A
Penalty Group 2A is reserved for synthetic marijuana. If convicted of possession, you could face up to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
Penalty Group 3
Penalty Group 3 includes stimulants, peyote, and anabolic steroids. Possession is a Class A misdemeanor.
Penalty Group 4
Penalty Group 4 includes several drugs that also contain nonactive medicinal ingredients, such as codeine. Possession of Group 4 drug is a Class B misdemeanor.
Recreational marijuana use is still illegal in Texas as of 2019. If caught in possession, you could face charges that range from a Class B misdemeanor for under two ounces to a felony for over four ounces.
A lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg will defend you no matter the details of your drug charge or the severity of the penalties you face. For a free case evaluation, call us at 214-696-9253.
Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes in Frisco, TX
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Frisco, TX, it is important to retain the services of a drug defense lawyer as soon as possible. A drug crimes lawyer in Frisco, TX can review your case and determine which defense strategies make sense based on the details of the charges.
The most common defense strategies for drug cases include:
Getting the Charges Dropped
In the course of investigating our clients’ cases, we often discover evidence that is either exculpatory or raises major doubts as to the guilt of our client. When this happens, and we present the evidence to the prosecution, they often agree to drop the charges, understanding that their chance of getting a conviction in court just dropped substantially.
Getting the Charges Reduced
If the prosecution has a strong case, it may be in our best interest to approach them and offer to work out a deal in which you plead guilty to a lesser crime. For instance, if you are charged with a felony, the prosecutor may agree to let you plead down to a misdemeanor. While still a conviction, a misdemeanor on your record does significantly less lasting damage, and the jail time and fines are usually much lower.
Fighting the Case in Court
Our third option is to try your case in front of a jury and fight for an acquittal. Attorney Randall Isenberg and his team have a winning track record in jury trials and can make a convincing case backed by substantial evidence.
Schedule Your Free Drug Defense Consultation Today — Call 214-696-9253
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is eager to get to work on your drug crime defense today. For a free consultation with a drug crimes lawyer in Frisco, TX, call us at 214-696-9253.