San Benito Drug Possession Lawyer
Tenacious Defense for Clients in & around Brownsville, TX
Possession of illegal drugs or medical drugs without a valid prescription can lead to some harsh criminal consequences in Texas. If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with illegal drug possession, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal help.
At Gustavo D. Elizondo, III Attorney at Law, you can bring your case to a former Cameron County prosecutor who has a thorough understanding of Texas law and criminal justice procedure. As your advocate, our firm will do everything possible to help you avoid a conviction or to reduce the charges or sentencing in any case of illegal drug possession.
Facing a drug possession charge? Talk to our San Benito drug possession lawyer during a free, initial consultation about your case.
Drug Possession Laws & Penalties in Texas
How you are charged and penalized for drug possession in Texas will depend on which Penalty Group is involved in your case. Penalty Group One is the most serious, listing such drugs as cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, and heroin.
For example, penalties for possession of drugs in Penalty Group One can range from 180 days in jail up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If you are found in possession of 400 grams or more of these substances, penalties can go up to life in prison and fines of up to $300,000.
Penalties in any conviction will vary widely depending on:
- The type of drug involved and which Penalty Group it falls under
- How much of the drug was found in your possession
- How the drug was stored or hidden
- Whether drug paraphernalia was found, such as scales, pipes, bongs, large amounts of cash, etc.)
- Your previous convictions, if any
- Whether the drug possession occurred in a Texas drug-free zone, such as a school or other location where children are found
Texas Marijuana Possession
Marijuana as a Penalty Group includes both cannabis and synthetic marijuana drugs known as K2, Spice, and other names. Simple possession of these substances can result in minimum penalties, such as probation and court-ordered drug treatment programs. In some cases, the charges may be dismissed after a successful completion of such programs.
Other penalties can include up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $2,000 along with a six-month driver’s suspension. Possession of more than two ounces can result in steeper penalties of one to 10 years in jail and/or fines ranging from $4,000 up to $50,000. Possession of more than two pounds of marijuana can result in prison terms of many years up to life.
Get Competent Defense For Drug Possession Charges Today
It is important to remember that drug charges and penalties are highly individualized based on the specific circumstances of your case. In any case, however, our firm will investigate all aspects of your arrest from whether probable cause existed in an initial search to all other factors pertaining to your situation.
Many potential defenses exist in any drug case and at Gustavo D. Elizondo, III Attorney at Law, we can investigate and analyze all legal avenues to provide you with the best possible defense strategy.