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Houston Drug Charges Lawyer
A drug crime is considered a criminal act that involves an illegal controlled substance or narcotic. If you have been accused or suspected of committing a drug crime, you must contact an experienced and aggressive Texas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Drug cases have the potential to be highly complex and to present numerous severe penalties if the defendant is convicted. A criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of David A. Breston will provide you with the level of experience you deserve.
In Texas, there are a number of illegal drugs that are commonly used to commit a drug crime, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, and crystal meth. Attorney David A. Breston has handled countless cases involving these types of drugs, and can competently defend clients charged with the following drug crimes:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Trafficking and distribution
- Driving under the influence of drugs
It is also considered a drug crime to use a prescription or over-the-counter drug for an illegal purpose. A drug crime conviction will result in serious legal ramifications, including long-term jail and prison sentences, probation, large fines, mandatory drug treatment, community service, driver's license suspension, and a mark on your permanent record. In addition, a drug crime conviction can seriously damage your reputation and destroy your relationship with your family and friends.
Drug crimes are covered by both federal and state laws in Texas. In determining the sentence for a drug crime, a Texas court will consider the following factors:
- The type of drug. The Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs into 5 "penalty groups”, with Group 1 being the most serious. For example, cocaine is classified as penalty group 1, whereas prescription drugs are group 3.
- The amount of drugs in possession. Prison sentences or fines will increase according to the amount of drug possessed. Greater amounts of the same drug will result in higher sentences.
- The purpose for which the drug is used. Simple possession is usually considered less severe than other crimes, such as possession with intent to distribute, or manufacturing and delivering drugs.
- Location of the violation. Drug offenses are considered more severe if they take place in certain areas, such as near a school or daycare center.
Another important factor that a court will consider is whether the drug offense was combined with another offense. Many drug offenses are related to other crimes such as conspiracy, theft, or assault. If the drug offense is related to another felony, especially a violent crime, the penalties will be more severe.
Our Texas drug crimes defense attorneys represent clients accused of drug and narcotics charges throughout the state. Whether you are charged with large-scale drug trafficking or simple possession of a controlled substance, our narcotics attorneys draw on years of experience. We can help you fight the charges and, if necessary, secure an effective drug treatment program.
Call the Law Office of David A. Breston immediately if you are facing charges of any type of drug crime. Without the representation of a skilled attorney, it is not likely that you will be able to successfully defend yourself from a wrongful conviction. Drug crimes are severely punished with lengthy prison sentences, so don't take chances. The Texas drug lawyers at the Law Office of David Breston are experienced in trial cases as well as prosecution, and could defend your case from every angle. Be represented by a powerful legal team that you can trust to fight for your freedom. We have had extensive success in getting charges reduced and dismissed for our clients. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.