HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION?
Have you or someone you know been charged with drug possession in Texas? If so, you should contact a Houston criminal defense lawyer at Jim Medley & Associates P.C. as soon as possible. The firm serves the greater Houston area, Harris County and the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria and Fort Bend.
Attorney Jim Medley is a former Texas peace officer with more than 10 years of field experience. An accomplished criminal attorney with a track record of success in defending those charges with possession, Medley received extensive exposure and experience with drug arrests as an officer. Because of this, he is familiar with search warrants, jump-out tactics, traffic stops and undercover operations.
The team at Jim Medley & Associates knows which police procedures are appropriate and which are unlawful in drug investigations. Illegal searches can get cases dismissed, and they may be able to prove that this is the case with your charges. Drug crime investigations also frequently involve search and seizure. Medley was a professor of criminal justice for seven years, and taught search and seizure regulations to law enforcement students. He has unique insight into the technical aspects of search and seizure law, and Jim Medley & Associates has used this knowledge to have many drug cases completely dismissed.
EXAMINING THE DRUG POSSESSION LAWS IN TEXAS
In Texas, possession of an illegal drug or controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, occurs when a person intentionally has care, custody, control or management over the item(s) in question. Possession does not require ownership. Even if drugs belong to someone else, any person who knowingly has care, control or management of drugs when they are found can be charged. Drug possession may result in a criminal record, which can have adverse effects on your future. Drug possession penalties depend on the type of drugs involved, the amount, whether minors were involved in the offense, and whether the defendant has a prior criminal history. Penalties may include jail time, fines, probation or all of these.
A common point of controversy in drug cases is the consent to search. Many times police officers obtain consent to search from people who have illegal drugs or other contraband in their vehicles. Sometimes police officers trick people or intimidate them into giving consent to search. Texas courts will accept one’s consent to search even if it is not in writing. This can cause problems, in that police can say they obtained consent to search when they really did not. Those situations are difficult to combat after the fact, especially if the person arrested has a prior record. Not all criminal lawyers in Houston have the experience needed to deal with these situations.
Being stopped for a traffic violation places a Texas citizen in a bad situation. Texas law allows a full arrest of anyone found committing a traffic violation, except for speeding, and state courts have interpreted this power to authorize a search of a vehicle pursuant to a traffic violation even if the officer has not made a custodial arrest of the violator. This amounts to a blanket authority of police to search the entire vehicle of anyone stopped for any traffic violation. This includes stops for no seatbelt, no front license plate, failure to signal intent to turn and other common traffic infractions.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES OF A DRUG POSSESSION CONVICTION?
Illegal drugs and charges related to possession have different levels of severity, depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance involved. There are extremely harsh penalties in certain drug possession cases, and they are likely to be charged as a felony. A conviction can result in extensive prison time when certain types of drugs are involved, such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and others. Regardless of your charge, it is crucial that you contact an attorney who has a deep understanding of Texas drug laws and how to navigate the criminal justice system for the benefit of your defense.
GET HELP FROM A KNOWLEDGEABLE HOUSTON DRUG CRIME ATTORNEY
Regardless of the drug possession charges you may be facing, it is important to have an experienced criminal lawyer in your corner who has the experience and skills to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense on your behalf. You should consult with a Houston drug possession defense attorney at Jim Medley & Associates as soon as possible following your arrest. The sooner you seek legal counsel, the sooner their team can get to work on getting you the best possible case outcome. Call Jim Medley & Associates today to get started!