Have you been arrested on drug charges? You might be facing serious penalties, like prison time and financial fines. But you don’t have to wait for the prosecutor to charge or convict. At Edgett Law Firm, our Dallas drug crimes lawyer is ready to put decades of legal expertise to work for you. Call us at 972-736-9132.
The only way to beat your charges is to fight back with a strong defense. To increase your chances of success, you need a skilled lawyer who knows the ropes in your corner.
Experienced help is just a phone call away. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced, trial-ready Dallas criminal defense attorney at the Edgett Law Firm today.
How Our Experienced Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help if You’re Arrested on Drug Charges
Our experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyers know the Texas legal system inside and out. We’re well-equipped to handle every aspect of your case, including:
- Securing your release on reasonable bail as quickly as possible if you’ve been arrested
- Making sure you understand what to expect from the legal system
- Helping you understand your options as your case progresses
- Building a custom-tailored defense strategy designed specifically to beat the charges against you
When you hire our Dallas criminal defense attorneys, you can also expect that we will:
Locate all Exculpatory Evidence
The prosecutors in Dallas impose charges based on evidence that makes you look guilty. They don’t necessarily go out and look for evidence that might prove you’re innocent. That’s where your own defense lawyer can help.
Our experienced criminal lawyers in Dallas make sure we have all the evidence in your case–not just what the prosecution gives us. That might include:
- Witness testimony
- Surveillance footage that can show you were somewhere else
- Evidence to show you didn’t know the drugs were there
- And more
When you hire an experienced defense attorney, you’ll have someone in your corner to find and analyze all available evidence. That’s the best way to develop a persuasive defense strategy to beat the charges.
Safeguard Your Constitutional Rights
You already know that you have the right to remain silent when arrested–and the right to be free from illegal search and seizure of your property. But how do you know whether those basic constitutional rights have been violated?
Police officers do bend the rules from time to time. In drug cases, your Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure are especially important. Our lawyers are trained to identify violations–and we know what to do when they happen.
If the police obtained the drugs or other evidence illegally, we can file a motion with the court to have that evidence excluded. We can also move to exclude any statements you made before you were given the right to call an attorney. Without valuable evidence, the prosecutors might decide to drop the charges or negotiate a more favorable plea deal.
Negotiate With Prosecutors to Get Your Charges Reduced or Dismissed
Most drug crime cases are resolved behind the scenes via the plea bargaining process. Depending upon what happened in your case, a plea bargain can sometimes be your best option–and help you avoid much harsher punishment.
We never push a plea bargain on you, but we’re here to explain the option. We’ll give you our honest and straightforward opinion. If you’re interested in plea bargaining, our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf to secure the best deal possible.
Before we even begin the process, we make sure we have all the facts. We know what prosecutors want to see before offering a deal–and we use our stellar trial record and reputation to your advantage.
Our lawyers are tough and resourceful–and the prosecutors and judges here in Dallas know that. When you work with us, you’ll have a skilled and experienced attorney in your corner every step of the way. To learn more about how we can help, call our law offices for a free consultation today.
We Handle All Types of Drug Crime Cases in Dallas, TX
The severity of a drug charge depends heavily on the circumstances. Dallas law enforcement officials have an arsenal of drug crimes to justify your arrest. Our skilled attorneys are familiar with them all. At Edgett Law Firm, we handle cases involving:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Marijuana offenses
- Prescription drug offenses
- Drug-related fraud and forgery
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug trafficking
- Drug manufacturing
Each one of these crimes is specifically defined by law. The prosecution has to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt to convict–leaving room for our attorneys to challenge their evidence at every turn.
Common drug crimes in Dallas include:
Under current Texas law, recreational use and possession of marijuana is still illegal. Marijuana possession can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the weight of the drug, as follows:
- Two ounces or less: class B misdemeanor
- Four ounces or less, but more than two ounces: class A misdemeanor
- More than four ounces, but five pounds or less: state jail felony
- 50 pounds or less, but more than five pounds: third-degree felony
Even more serious second-degree felony charges can apply if more than 50 pounds of marijuana were involved.
Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal in Texas. Even if you only have two ounces or less in your possession, you could face up to 180 days in jail. For the most serious offenses, you could face upwards of 20 years in prison.
Drug Manufacturing With Intent to Deliver
Under Section 482.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, drug manufacturing with intent to deliver is a felony. To convict, the prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly or intentionally manufactured with the intent to deliver, or actually delivers, a simulated controlled substance and:
- Says that the substance is a controlled substance
- Represents the substance in such a way that a reasonable person would believe it is a controlled substance
- Tells the recipient that the substance can be represented as a controlled substance
Drug manufacturing is a felony in Texas. The severity of the punishment depends upon the type and amount of the drug involved.
What Are the Penalties if Convicted of a Drug Crime in Texas?
In Dallas, potential penalties depend upon a number of factors. First, Texas classifies drugs into “penalty groups.” The penalties you will face, if convicted, depend on the penalty group as well as the drug type and weight. For example, penalty group one includes:
Drugs like Ritalin and Xanax, on the other hand, are included in penalty group three. The penalty groups are generally assigned based upon the addictive qualities of the drug in question. Marijuana is handled under a separate system.
The penalties you might face on conviction for a drug crime depend upon:
- The type of drug (and its penalty group)
- The weight of the drugs
- Where you were located (penalties are higher if you were in a school zone when the alleged conduct occurred)
- Whether there was a child involved
- Whether you are charged with a state or federal crime
- The actual conduct alleged (for example, crimes like manufacturing drugs are punished more harshly than possession)
It’s also possible to face charges under both Texas state law and federal law.
How Does Drug Type and Weight Affect Your Drug Charge?
Any drug-related conviction can result in jail time and financial fines. The severity of those penalties depend primarily on the drug’s classification and weight.
For example, if the drug involved was cocaine (a group one drug), you might face:
- State jail felony charges carrying up to two years in prison and $10,000 in fines if the weight was less than one gram
- Third-degree felony charges carrying between two and ten years in prison and $10,000 in fines if the weight was between one and four grams
- Second-degree felony charges carrying between two and 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if the weight was between four and 200 grams
- First-degree felony charges carrying between five and 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if the weight was between 200 and 400 grams
If the charges alleged more than 400 grams, you might even face life in prison.
What Defenses can Help you Beat Drug Charges in Dallas, Texas?
As any Texan knows, Texas drug laws are some of the harshest in the U.S. That makes your defense strategy all the more critical when you’re facing charges.
At Edgett Law Firm, we design your defense strategy based on the facts and evidence in your case. A viable defense might include:
- The police obtained the drugs illegally in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights
- You were unaware that the drugs were in your possession
- Challenges to whether the prosecution can prove that the drugs belonged to you or were under your control (in constructive possession cases)
- Lack of proof that the drug was actually a controlled substance
- Problems with how the evidence was handled after the drugs were confiscated (chain of custody issues)
If you’re interested in learning more about our legal services, our skilled drug crime attorneys are here to help with any case involving illegal drugs. Just call to schedule a free consultation today.
Contact a Skilled Dallas Drug Crimes Lawyer For a Free Consultation Today
Regardless of the exact charges and drug, it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who understands the drug laws here in Dallas. At Edgett Law Firm, we’re ready to begin working toward beating whatever drug charges you’re facing.
If you’re facing drug charges, schedule a free consultation with an experienced Dallas drug crimes lawyer today. We serve clients in Dallas and the surrounding areas.