Drug Possession Defense And Penalties
Texas has some of the most stringent laws in the country regarding drugs, even marijuana possession. Whether the possession charge is based in personal use or intent to sell, the consequences from a single drug conviction can cost you your job and compromise your reputation in the community.
The attorneys Lynn Libersky and Barbara Young have handled dozens of cases involving drug possession, mostly in Killeen and the surrounding area. Our team is well-versed in the legal procedures at the state and federal level, and we also know all the specific rules that law enforcement must follow in regards to gathering evidence. We carefully examine all evidence and can challenge witnesses to verify the accuracy and intent of their testimony, perhaps exposing mistakes or ulterior motives that can get a case dismissed.
Penalties Can Vary Greatly
The legal penalties for drug possession vary from a $100 fine and/or a few days in jail to thousands of dollars and several years in federal prison. Different factors determine the sentences, including the following:
- Type of drug in possession
- Quantity of drugs in possession
- Past convictions
- How the drug was stored or concealed
- Possession of additional drug-related paraphernalia or accessories
- If the alleged crime occurred near a school or church
- If the alleged crime occurred on federal property or involves federal agents
Common Defenses Against Drug Possession Charges
As with any criminal defense issue, you are innocent until proven guilty. Our lawyers skillfully employ a variety of different strategies, tailoring our defense to the needs of your case. These include:
- Unlawful search and seizure
- The drugs were planted
- The drug was prescribed by a medical doctor as medication
- Drug was not meant for human consumption
- Mistakes were made at the crime lab during testing
No matter how your drug possession case turns out, you can take comfort in knowing that our attorneys explored every option in building a strong defense of your legal rights inside and outside the courtroom.