A drug crime conviction can carry stiff penalties that may alter your life forever. A Plano drug crimes lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can represent your case. We may be able to establish your innocence or help you reduce your charges.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg understands the challenges you face when going up against the prosecuting attorney and the Texas courts. Our lawyers truly care about our clients and will work hard to defend your rights. Our Plano drug crimes legal team can start working on your case right away.
We Take on All Types of Drug Crime Cases in Texas
Drug statutes in Texas can be complicated. A lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you determine what type of case you have and may be able to help you get your charges dropped or reduced. Our law firm takes on an array of drug crime cases in Texas, including:
- Illicit or prescription drug possession: You have an illegal substance in your possession in either a private or public space.
- Possession with intent to sell: If you possess a large quantity of an illegal substance, you could be charged with the intent to sell.
- Manufacturing of a controlled substance: Creating an illegal substance through illegal means. This also includes the attempt to create an illegal substance. You can also be charged for the cultivation of an illegal substance. Cultivation is the illegal growing and harvesting of a drug made from plants, such as marijuana.
- Distribution or delivery of a controlled substance: Any type of selling, relocating, or distributing an illegal substance. If the quantity is large enough, distribution could become a trafficking charge.
- Selling a controlled substance: If you are caught selling a controlled substance, you could be charged.
- Selling or giving drugs to a minor: Your charges could be more severe if you are caught selling or providing drugs to a minor.
Regardless of the charges or the circumstances of the case, our law firm is prepared to defend you. When we take on your case, we will investigate your charges and may be able to collect evidence in your defense. Feel free to call our firm when you are ready to discuss your Plano drug crime case in a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Understanding the Penalties for Drug Crimes
The penalties for drug crimes differ depending on the circumstances of the case, the type of drug, and how much of the drug was in your possession. In general, penalties for drug crimes may include:
- A prison sentence
- A heavy fine
- Mandatory drug addiction treatment
- Lifetime felony record
- Temporary driver’s license suspension
The Texas Penal Code Title 3 Chapter 12 defines the penalties for drug crimes. The penalties for misdemeanors and felonies in Texas include:
- Class C misdemeanor: A fine of up to $500
- Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,000
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $4,000
- A state felony drug conviction: 180 days to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- Third-degree felony: 2 to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- Second-degree felony: 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
- First-degree felony: 5 years to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
These penalties can be increased because of the following factors:
- The quantity of the substance
- If a child under the age of 18 was involved in the offense
- If the offense caused a serious injury or death
- If the offender was carrying a weapon during the time of the offense
- If the offender has a previous criminal history
The consequences of a drug crime conviction can reach far beyond the prison sentence and fines. If you are convicted of a crime, you may be unable to buy a house or a car or get a job. You may also face other social consequences. If you are considering legal representation in your Plano drug crime case, an attorney from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help.
Grounds for Defense in a Drug Crimes Case
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we believe in the due process of law. You deserve a fair trial based on all the evidence in your case—not just what the prosecution presents. We understand that drug crime cases are not always clear-cut. Our firm may be able to defend your case on the following grounds:
Proximity to the Drug
We may be able to defend your case if you were not in proximity to the substance in question. This is important in distinguishing whether the charge against you was accurate or substantiated. Furthermore, we may be able to argue that being in the vicinity of the drug does not necessarily constitute possession or intent to sell.
The court must prove that you intended to promote or sell the drug deceptively. If the prosecution does not have enough evidence to prove deceptive promotion, we may be able to dismiss your case or reduce the charges to possession instead of intent to sell.
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You may be charged with possessing a substance you have permission to use. For example, you may be arrested for marijuana possession. However, you may have a cannabis prescription and have a legal medical card to verify the prescription. An approved prescription may allow us to have your charges dropped.
How Our Attorneys May Be Able to Help You
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg treat each of our clients with respect and care. When you hire us to represent your Plano drug crimes case, we may offer you the following services:
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Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation to establish the facts of your case. We may be able to retain the services of expert witnesses or a private investigator to evaluate how your case was handled. Furthermore, we may be able to obtain evidence of your innocence and speak with witnesses who may testify on your behalf.
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Alternative to Prison
Texas has drug court programs that can serve as an alternative to a prison sentence in some cases. We may be able to recommend that you attend one of these programs in exchange for a lesser punishment. If you complete a program, we may be able to convince the court to drop the charges and keep your record clean.
A Texas drug court is a judicially led intensive supervision treatment program for those convicted of non-violent drug crimes. The offender’s history must show they will likely benefit from this treatment program. Drug courts have proven successful with some offenders. Reasons for this include:
- The offender has face-to-face interaction with judicial authority.
- Offenders are given immediate treatment.
- The environment of the drug court promotes success by guiding community resources.
The defendant will be monitored by a drug court judge and also have weekly check-ins with a community supervision officer. Treatment sessions are required several times per week, as well as a frequent urinalysis. Depending on the circumstances of the case, this program can range from one year to 18 months.
The drug court treatment program can be a pretrial program or a condition of probation.
- Pretrial program: If the defendant goes through the pretrial drug court program, their charges could be dismissed if they successfully complete the program.
- Probation: If the defendant is assigned the drug court program as a condition of their probation, they are required to complete the steps of the program throughout the timeframe of their probation.
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Challenging Unfair Tactics
We can analyze how law enforcement officers, drug agencies, or attorneys handled your case. If you were mistreated or coerced into a confession, we may be able to use that as evidence to support your case.
Our Attorneys Will Be On Your Side
Throughout your case, our attorneys will fight to reduce or drop your charges. We believe every person is innocent until proven guilty. We believe anyone who has been accused of a crime deserves legal representation from attorneys who care about their case.
We understand how devastating a drug crime conviction can be and will do everything possible to protect your rights. Our extensive resources have helped us get our past clients’ charges reduced or dismissed.
Our attorneys can provide criminal defense representation in state and federal courts. Regardless of the circumstances of your charges, we can help you build a defense.
A Plano Drug Crimes Lawyer Who Can Represent You
When you are ready to hire a Plano drug crimes lawyer for your case, contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg. We offer full legal representation for all types of drug crime cases and will give you personalized legal services when you hire us. Contact us today for a free case assessment with a member of our Plano drug crimes team.