Dallas Drug Crime Attorneys
Texas Drug Laws and Penalties
Changes to Texas drug laws over the past decade have added substantial penalties for what had previously been minor drug infractions. Facing drug-related charges in Texas can have potentially serious consequences should a conviction be rendered in court. If sentenced for a drug offense, one might incur an extended length of time in prison, as well as a substantial monetary fine and other penalties. It is typically advisable to act under the guidance of an experienced Dallas drug crime lawyer after one has been arrested for or charged with a drug offense.
If you are facing charges for a drug offense, contact our Dallas lawyers today to discuss your case.
Types of Drug Charges in Texas
Scott H. Palmer, P.C. provides sound legal advice and trial representation to clients facing the following drug charges:
- Intent to Sell / Intent to Deliver
- Manufacture, Sale, Trafficking, and Distribution
- Proximity Charges - Schools / Churches
- Property Forfeiture
- Weapons Charges
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
- "White Collar" Criminal Charges: money laundering/racketeering
- Federal Narcotics Charges
Our firm is well-versed in federal and state drug charges, including those involving marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, OxyContin, mushrooms, ecstasy, and other types of drugs.
Especially in cases involving federal drug offenses, you need a defense team you can trust. You need Scott H. Palmer, P.C. Attorney Palmer is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization who boasts a 10.0 Avvo rating, has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers® list (a Thomson Reuters service) from 2008 - 2016, and is backed by a team of successful defense lawyers.
I've Been Arrested - What Now?
As with any criminal arrest, it is important to remember that you are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Police and prosecution must observe your constitutional rights at all times. When you need a drug crime lawyer in Texas, Scott Palmer, and our legal team can aggressively investigate the circumstances of your arrest to identify any errors or weaknesses such as:
- Illegal Search and Seizure
- Lack of Probable Cause
- Motions to Suppress Evidence
With nearly 100 years of combined experience at all levels of the state and federal courts, the Dallas drug crime attorneys at our firm are hands-on legal advocates dedicated to securing the best results possible under the law. Too many drug crime attorneys choose to simply shepherd a client through the system to an inevitable conviction-Scott Palmer will keep you informed and up-to-date throughout your case so you can make decisions that are always in your own best interest.
Alternative Sentencing Options in Drug Crime Cases in Texas
In Texas, the conviction of a serious crime involving controlled substances can lead to a sentence of imprisonment amongst other penalties and heavy fines. For this reason, the best option is to avoid conviction. If other options are exhausted and a sentencing is unavoidable, it may be possible for the person to make a persuasive argument in favor of a different penalty to minimize or completely avoid confinement in prison or jail.
Other penalty options may include:
- Probation: The court can impose a term of community supervision, impose a sentence, or suspend all or a portion of the sentence, and require a term of probation to be served in lieu of the suspended sentence.
- Deferred adjudications: This grants an accused individual probation before he or she is convicted of the crime. The individual pleads guilty or no contest, and, as a result, the court withholds entry of judgment of conviction. If the person successfully completes the probation period, the charge is dismissed. However, if the individual commits a crime or violates the conditions while on probation, the individual is returned to court for sentencing.
- Drug court: Many counties throughout Texas have implemented a drug court program into their system. Individuals who are permitted to participate are screened to determine whether they suffer from substance abuse problems that should be addressed through rehabilitation treatment instead of incarceration.
- Court-ordered treatment: If an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor offense, the judge can send the person to a treatment center for up to 90 days instead of imposing a fine or incarnation sentence.
- Electronic monitoring: The court can authorize a person who has received a jail sentence to serve all or a portion of that sentence as “house arrest.” If that does occur, the person may participate in an electronic monitoring program instead of serving a jail sentence.
- Work release: If a court imposes a jail confinement as a condition of probation or imposes that sentence be served in county jail, the court can authorize the confinement to be served during non-working hours so that individual can continue employment. In addition, the court can authorize release for the person to receive mental health, substance abuse, or health treatment.
- Community service: A judge can order a person to complete community service instead of serving a jail sentence or a portion of the sentence unless the jury imposed the sentence of confinement.
Federal Drug Laws & Penalties
Whether your arrest and/or charges include allegations of federal drug trafficking, drug manufacturing or illegal sale of prescription drugs, you are entitled to retain the assistance of a legal professional who understands both state and federal laws and can act as your personal advocate during court proceedings.
In Texas, those convicted of drug felonies can incur severe penalties if they are ultimately convicted. Federal drug charges can mar a person's private and professional reputation. However, being accused or arrested does not constitute guilt, and anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty in court.
Mr. Palmer can conduct a thorough investigation into the details of your case to determine whether any acts of search and seizure or other measures taken by law enforcement agents were conducted under proper authorization.
Get Representation for Your Drug Charges in Texas
Whether your situation involves drug trafficking in Texas, illegal possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing of drugs or the intent to sell and distribute them, Scott H. Palmer, P.C. is prepared to defend you when you stand trial. If this is your first suspected drug offense, there might be a way to obtain a reduction of charges.
In addition, there is sometimes just cause for requesting that charges be dismissed. In order to determine how best to proceed in the light of the accusations against you, you can contact our law office to schedule an appointment. You're not just getting a single defense attorney on your side when you call us you are getting a team of skilled and aggressive defense lawyers.
Call the firm today at (214) 891-3382 if you are ready to set up a consultation.
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