Waco Drug Crime Lawyers
Put Experience & Genuine Care On Your Side
Drug charges are serious business in Texas courts and the consequences of a conviction can damage your life and future. Criminal penalties for drug crimes can be severe, depending on the situation, and can include jail or prison sentences, hefty fines, lengthy probations, and community service hours. The negative consequences of a conviction can also include a permanent criminal record that can make future gainful employment difficult. Other life opportunities may be impacted as well where job, educational, and professional license applications will entail explaining your misdemeanor or felony background.
To combat all this, you need a legal professional in your corner who understands what is at stake for your future and who knows how to construct an effective defense. At Hutson & Harris, our team has handled countless drug charges for clients in and around the Waco area. Your first order of business after a drug arrest is to understand the specifics of your case and what you are up against in the criminal justice system. We can help from this initial phase all the way through the legal process, fighting for your best interests from start to finish. Our legal team has decades of experience to draw on along with genuine care and concern for doing our best to help you achieve an optimal outcome.
Drug Crimes in Texas
Various activities involving illegal street drugs as well as unauthorized prescription drugs can result in criminal charges and serious penalties. While other states have legalized recreational marijuana, Texas has not. You can still be charged with a misdemeanor or felony in connection with cannabis.
How you are charged and the penalties you will face will depend on the activities and circumstances involved in your case. For example, selling an illegal drug is much more serious than being found in possession of a small quantity for personal use. Having prior drug convictions on your record can also result in more serious charges and resulting penalties.
At Hutson & Harris, our experienced team handles all types of drug charges, such as:
- Possession with intent to sell/distribute
- Drug sales
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Important factors that can impact drug charges include the quantity and type of drugs, whether minors were used in committing the offense, whether minors were sold drugs, whether the offense occurred in a school zone, and whether weapons were involved. These can all play a significant role in penalties.
Texas drug crimes are classified into four groups with marijuana having its own category. Penalty Group One involves the most dangerous and addictive drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. Examples of penalties in this group range from state jail felonies to first-degree felonies with jail/prison time ranging from six months up to 99 years. Fines range from a maximum of $10,000 up to $300,000.
How Hutson & Harris Can Help
Just because you are charged with a drug crime does not automatically mean you will be convicted. Defenses are available that can be used on your behalf. Our Waco drug crime attorneys will investigate all the details of your charges in search of the best way to defend you. Evidence can be flawed in many ways and it is our job to uncover that. When facing a drug arrest, the best action you can take is to contact us immediately. That allows us to protect your rights from the outset, ensure that all steps are taken to ensure fair treatment, and that your case is carefully reviewed, prepared, and fought for your best interests.
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