Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer in Plano, TX

Are you facing state or federal drug charges? It can be a frightening experience to find yourself accused of drug possession, distribution, trafficking or manufacturing, especially when you consider the steep penalties and harsh fines that can result from a conviction. And that says nothing of the other ways in which a drug arrest can impact your life. For instance, a drug charge on your record could make it difficult to get a job or even rent a home.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our legal team is here to offer defense to clients facing drug crimes, including misdemeanors and felonies either at the state level or at the federal level. Our drug crimes defense lawyers will work hard to protect you and your freedom as we strive to bring about the best possible conclusion to your case.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for drug crimes in Texas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free, confidential case consultation. Call (972) 422-9999.

Common Concerns and Questions on Medical Peer Review Defense

Finding yourself accused of drug possession, distribution or another drug charge can be a very stressful experience, but this is where the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can assist.

It’s common to have lots of questions if you or a loved one have been arrested for a drug crime, so our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most common questions and concerns that we address.

What’s Considered Drug Possession in Collin County, Texas?

Drug Crimes Defense LawyerDrug possession can refer to a scenario where you’re physically in possession of a drug. The substance may be anywhere on your person, including in your pocket or in your bag or purse.

In Texas, an individual may face consequences of “constructive possession” if a controlled substance is found in an area that is within your control and within your access. This can include your home, your vehicle or the seat where you were sitting in a friend’s vehicle.

How is Drug Possession Different from Possession with Intent to Sell?

When the authorities are investigating a case, they will typically make a note of the quantity and the manner in which the substance is packaged. A relatively small quantity of a controlled substance may be charged as possession, while a larger quantity divided into multiple bags (consistent with packaging for sale) can result in a possession with intent to distribute charge.

What Are the Types of Controlled Substances in Texas Drug Laws?

Texas has five primary groups of controlled substances, plus a category for marijuana.

The five groups are as follows:

  • Group 1 – Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, ketamine and GHB;
  • Group 1A – LSD;
  • Group 2 – Ecstasy, PCP, mescaline and cannabis resinous extracts like hashish;
  • Group 3 – Xanax, Valium, and Ritalin; and
  • Group 4 – Substances containing pyrovalerone, buprenorphine, motofen or dionine.
How Do I Know if an Offense is a Misdemeanor or Felony Drug Charge?

The nature of the criminal charge will vary depending upon the type of substance, the manner in which it was packaged, and the amount present.

For a case (in the state of Texas) involving less than 28 grams of a Group 3 or 4 substance, the charge is typically a class A misdemeanor, carrying no more than one year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

The worst-case scenario would involve 8,000 units or more of a Group 1A substance, which is considered an enhanced first-degree felony. This carries a sentence of 15 to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Simple possession of drug paraphernalia is a class C misdemeanor with carries a fine of up to $500.

Federal cases can have different guidelines and more severe penalties.

Is it True that My Driver’s License Could be Suspended for a Collin County Drug Conviction?

Yes, in Texas, anyone who is convicted of a drug charge or another controlled substance offense are typically subject to an 180-day driver’s license suspension. This is true even in cases that do not involve a motor vehicle. Additionally, the driver must complete a 15-hour Drug Education Program for each conviction.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, “Individuals who do not have a driver license at the time of the offense will be denied the issuance of a driver license for 180 days. The 180 days for the denial of issuance, also known as an Order of Prohibition, starts when the individual contacts the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and completes the appropriate form.”

For those who are considering a “guilty” plea, this is an important point to consider and discuss with your lawyer.

Will I Have to Go to Jail for a Drug Crime?

Both state and federal drug cases can be quite serious, but not every person faces a penalty. Only a portion of individuals are found guilty or plead guilty. Some of the more minor charges do not typically result in a jail term.

Many people are also eligible to take part in a diversion program, including community supervision, drug treatment programs or probation. Those who are without a prior conviction tend to have the best chances of being permitted to enroll in a program.

This is one area where it’s especially important to have an experienced attorney who can work to minimize your chances of being found guilty. And in cases where this is unavoidable, your attorney can negotiate for a more lenient, favorable sentence.

Our Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers Will Work Toward the Best Possible Case Resolution

Drug Crimes Defense LawyerAt the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how frightening it can be to find yourself accused of a drug crime. Whether it’s a state case or a federal case, you can face serious consequences today and far into the future. But this is where our legal team can help, as we defend clients facing even the most serious drug offenses.

Based in Texas, our law firm was founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, who has been In practice for over 20 years. Attorney Grass also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Don’t risk your freedom and your future. Turn to the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost case consultation session. Call (972) 422-9999.