This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of drug possession charges in Austin, Texas. I felt it was necessary to address this issue due to the fact many individuals feel that they have limited options after they have been arrested with narcotics. Furthermore, many individuals may make the mistake of thinking that possession is a “victimless crime” and does not carry serious consequences. The truth of the matter, however, is that a criminal conviction can have serious consequences in regard to your future. You can help to protect your future interests by retaining an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Penalties imposed in Texas for drug possession
- How search and seizure issues impact Texas drug possession charges
- What to expect at a drug possession trial
- Serving probation in Texas for a drug possession charge
There are multiple reasons why I addressed these topics. First, possession of “harder” drugs, such as heroin, can result in prison time and fines. Possession of other substances can potentially result in lighter sentences. Under any case, however, an individual will have a permanent criminal record. This can disqualify them from housing, employment, and other important life opportunities. Second, while many may think that they have no defense after they have been arrested with narcotics, the truth of the matter is that search and seizure issues are more common than many realize. Violations of the Fourth Amendment can potentially result in the charges being dismissed. Third, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help you in preparing for your defense. Finally, it is important to understand that you do not have the same rights, while on probation, that many other citizens enjoy. Violating your probation can result in you having to serve your prison sentence.
One point I stressed throughout this series is that you should contact an experienced attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been arrested. A criminal conviction can have a devastating impact on one’s future and such situations are not to be taken lightly. I am an Austin defense lawyer who handles drug possession charges. I have been licensed since 1995 and am Board Certified in Criminal Defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I devote my practice to protecting the rights of the accused and we look forward to speaking with you. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. My office also serves the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.