Drug crimes are a serious concern for Texas law enforcement. In part, this is because studies show a link between drug use and the prevalence of other offenses.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, officials arrested more than 130,000 people in 2013 on drug abuse violations in the state of Texas. The majority of those arrests were for possession of banned substances, including opium, cocaine, marijuana and synthetic narcotics, while 15,000 of them were for manufacturing controlled substances.
How a judge penalizes an individual for drug-related offenses depends on several factors. If you are facing drug charges, knowing these factors can help you understand the implications of your situation.
If police have charged you with possession, manufacturing or distribution, call John L. Corn, Attorney at Law today. Mr. Corn is a Dallas DUI attorney who can evaluate your case and build a defense that represents your best interests.
As a criminal lawyer, Mr. Corn has helped clients in more than 2,000 felony cases. He can explain the potential outcomes of your case and provide guidance that can prevent you from making critical mistakes. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at 214-528-4529.
In the meantime, here are two factors a judge will consider when handing down a sentence for a drug-related crime:
- Type of Drugs
According to the Texas Controlled Substances Act, there are five categories that divide drugs into specific penalty groups. Drugs that the state considers harmful and addictive, such as cocaine, fall under Group One, whereas drugs that are less addictive or have less severe side effects, like prescription drugs, are listed in Group Three. If the drugs you have in your possession fall into one of the more serious groupings, you will likely face harsher penalties.
- Amount of Drugs
The more drugs that law enforcement officers find in your possession, the greater the likelihood that you will face a harsh penalty. If you have a significant amount of one drug in your possession, you may face charges of distribution, which can have a direct impact on the length of your prison sentence or fine should the courts find you guilty.
At the same time, if you only have a small amount of drugs in your possession and it is your first offense, there is a possibility that your lawyer will be able to argue for a lighter sentence and a penalty that is less severe. Subsequent offenses may have more serious implications.
If you are facing criminal drug charges, contact Dallas DWI lawyer John L. Corn, Attorney at Law. Our office is available at 214-528-4529.
Call us today to schedule an appointment and discuss the severity of your charges, as well as how to handle them. Mr. Corn can evaluate the facts surrounding your case, provide an overview of the legal process, explain your rights and prepare a defense strategy that represents your interests.