Dallas Drug Offenses Lawyers
Defense for All Drug-Related Crimes
Drug crimes are one of the most common criminal offenses in Texas. Although Texas law punishes drug dealers and traffickers quite harshly, individuals who are battling drug abuse and addiction are also subject to serious criminal penalties.
The issues arising from being charged with a drug offense can be complex. You need the services of an experienced Dallas drug offenses lawyer, which is why you should call Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC, right away.
With more than four decades of legal experience, our legal team has our clients obtain the most favorable results in their cases. We can assess your case, listen to your concerns, and figure out all your legal options to either obtain a case dismissal, get a not-guilty verdict, or reduce the charges/penalties you face to avoid jail or prison time.
Texas Controlled Substance Schedule
According to Texas law, the seriousness of a drug crime is based on the schedule of the drug involved. A schedule is a list of substances found in the Texas Health and Safety Code. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous, and Schedule V are the least.
The following describes how drugs are assigned to their schedule:
- Schedule I – High potential for abuse; no accepted medical use (ex. fentanyl)
- Schedule II – High potential for abuse; some accepted medical use; potential for psychological or physical dependence (ex. hydrocodone)
- Schedule III – Less potential for abuse; accepted medical use; varied risk for physical or psychological dependence (ex. ketamine)
- Schedule IV – Even lower potential for abuse; accepted medical use; limited risk of physical or psychological dependence (ex. flunitrazepam)
- Schedule V – Lowest potential for abuse; accepted medical use; even lower risk for physical or psychological dependence (ex. cold medicine)
Constructive Possession, Distribution, & More
A charge will often be brought because someone was caught in possession of a controlled substance, but there can also be a charge of constructive possession. This can happen when drugs are found on a property, the defendant knew they were there, and police say the defendant had care, custody, and control of them.
If you the defendant is found with a large quantity of drugs—along with small baggies, a weighing scale, and a large amount of cash—it is possible to be charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute drugs. Possession of certain drugs with intent to sell, such as cocaine, can lead to prison sentences of up to 99 years.
In less serious cases, prison sentences start at two years, but can rapidly increase to 20 or 30 years in aggravating circumstances. In general, the greater the quantity of the drug, and the more dangerous it is, the harsher the penalties.
Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC: Dallas Drug Crimes Attorneys
If you have been arrested or charged in connection with any sort of drug offense, no matter how minor it may seem to you, the most sensible course of action is to talk to Dallas drug offenses attorneys who understand the Texas criminal justice system inside and out.
At Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC, we handle cases on behalf of clients accused of drug offenses on a daily basis. As previous Municipal Prosecutors, we can see both sides of the picture, and are therefore more qualified than most Dallas drug charge lawyers to defend you. We can fight the case on your behalf, with the intent of seeing that you are not convicted of any crime.
Reach our legal team by calling (214) 855-7771.