Dallas Drug Possession Attorneys
Though a relatively commonly charged offense, drug possession charges have the potential to be devastating for anyone in the Dallas area. The effects of a drug possession charge may affect your personal relationships and professional future. With that in mind, it is highly advisable that you retain legal representation as early on in the Dallas legal process as you possibly can. The Dallas drug possession attorneys can help protect your rights and fight for your interests during each and every point of the criminal process.
If you have been charged with drug possession in the Dallas area, the legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understands you may be feeling intimidated by the legal system. Fortunately, however, you do not have to face this overwhelming situation alone. Our experienced Dallas attorneys may work with you build a comprehensive legal strategy on behalf of your defense. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at (214) 845-7007 for a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Drug Possession Lawyer?
A conviction for drug possession can have serious consequences that follow you for the rest of your life. You face stiff fines and long term imprisonment if convicted. A drug possession conviction will leave you with a criminal record, limiting your chances of obtaining employment or finding suitable housing in the future, not to mention affecting your reputation and status in the community.
It is possible to defend against your charges to face reduced penalties or even have your charges dropped entirely. However, to successfully defend yourself, you will likely need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Lawyers are familiar with Texas drug laws and the possible defenses you may have. They will be able to investigate your case in order to determine the most strategic defense in your situation. They can also defend your rights throughout the investigation and trial.
Why Should I Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?
Since 2006, Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has earned a national reputation for significant verdicts in the most complex areas of criminal law, including drug charges. Our law firm has consistently been nominated by The National Trial Lawyers as Top 100 Lawyers, and ranked as Texas Super Lawyers for the last several years. Our firm has an impressive AVVO rating of 10.0.
Once a former prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, Mark Lassiter has over 12 years of experience handling criminal cases, including drug possession charges, in the Dallas metro area. He has successfully represented hundreds of clients that faced drug possession charges.
Common Drug Possession Charges
While it is illegal to possess any controlled substance in Dallas—though it may be legal to possess pharmaceuticals with a valid prescription—the severity of charges are typically related to the quantity and packaging of the controlled substance. In the experience of our Dallas legal team, drug possession charges commonly result from:
- Marijuana Possession;
- Cocaine Possession;
- Heroin Possession; or
- Meth (Methamphetamine) Possession
Our Dallas legal team has the experience and resources to protect your future from the potential long-lasting consequences of the drug possession charges you are facing in the Dallas area.
Drug Possession Penalties in Texas
There are various punishments for drug possession in Texas, which are divided into four groups known as Penalty Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4. The charges for each group depend upon the circumstances of the case and the type of drug that is found to be in possession. The groups are listed as follows:
- Penalty Group 1: Opioids and painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, codeine, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, mescaline, ketamine, psilocybin and other types of hallucinogens.
- Penalty Group 2: MDMA (ecstasy), hashish, PCP and other drugs derived from cannabis including marijuana.
- Penalty Group 3: Drugs that include benzodiazepines and sedatives such as Valium, anabolic steroids, methylphenidate (Ritalin), and other drugs that have either a stimulant or depressant effect.
- Penalty Group 4: Opioids and opiates not listed in Penalty Group 1.
In addition to the amount of drugs found in possession, there are other factors that determine the severity of the drug charges. You may be charged with other crimes, such as intent to distribute, especially if you are found in possession of any accompanying drug paraphernalia (for example – scales), or large amounts of cash. Drug charges can be more severe if an individual has past drug convictions or prior offenses.
Drug Possession Defenses
There are many possible defenses for drug possession, including the following:
One defense against a drug charge is a defense of “unwitting possession.” Even though the individual may have actual possession of drugs, the person cannot be found legally guilty if they were unaware that drugs were in their possession. For example, if a person gives a package to a messenger service that contains drugs, and the messenger delivers the package and is unaware that there are drugs in the package, this would be a case of unwitting possession.
Lack of Possession
Another common defense is “lack of possession.” For instance, if drugs are found in a house where the homeowner is absent but a renter is living there, it may be unclear who actually was in possession of the substance. It is more difficult to accuse someone of drug possession if it was unclear who owned the drugs.
Abuse of Power by Law Enforcement
Another defense is if there was an abuse of power by police in discovering the drugs. Planted evidence is one example, but the abuse of power can happen in other ways as well. It can mean that an illegal search or seizure was conducted, illegal methods of surveillance were used, or threats were made against witnesses or other people.
Entrapment is a similar defense if an individual was coerced into buying drugs when they would not have normally done so. However, it is not considered an abuse of power for the police to lie when conducting a drug sting, for example. When someone is acting as an undercover agent, this is a lawful method for determining if an individual possesses drugs. If a person is not coerced, but purchases drugs of their own free will, it is not entrapment.
Consult with a Dallas Drug Possession Attorney
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas drug possession attorneys may work closely with you to build a comprehensive legal strategy that challenges every last aspect of your arrest in an effort to reduce or, ideally, altogether eliminate the charges brought against you. To discuss your case with one of our Dallas criminal defense attorneys, please call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.