Fort Worth Drug Crime Lawyer
Fighting Drug Charges in Tarrant County
Drug offenses are one of the most common criminal charges in the United States. Even if you have no intent to use a drug, you can be charged simply for having an illegal substance in your possession. In fact, you can be charged for owning drug paraphernalia such as scales, syringes, or pipes, even if no drugs were found. Fortunately, you have the right to legal counsel. Exercise this right and protect your freedom in Texas.
As a Fort Worth drug crime lawyer, my goal is to get my clients’ drug cases dismissed, if possible, and keep their records clean. A conviction for a drug offense can have long-lasting consequences, leading to imprisonment, fines, and mandatory drug treatment. I have helped numerous people fight off drug charges, including high school and college students who could have been expelled from school if convicted. No matter the severity of your charges, I am confident in my ability to use my experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge, and my skill as a trial lawyer to defend your constitutional rights.
Drug Crimes I Defend
- Drug Possession
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Possession with intent to sell
- Drug Manufacturing
What are the Penalties for Drug Offenses in Texas?
Drug offenses in Texas, even those classified as misdemeanors, can result in heavy fines, jail time, and suspension of your driver’s license. Perhaps the most serious consequence is the mark on your criminal record, which can prevent you from applying to certain jobs and result in heavier fines if you are arrested for a traffic violation. Like any criminal charge, sometimes a drug offense can be dismissed or reduced with the assistance of a capable attorney. Of course, every case is different and the chances for dismissal are on a case by case basis.
There are several factors I can consider as I work to dismiss or reduce drug charges in Fort Worth:
- Was there reasonable cause to search you or your property for drugs?
- Were the drugs yours to begin with and were you aware they were on your property?
- Was the substance in questions truly an illegal drug? Was a lab analysis performed to confirm?
- Does the prosecution still have the alleged drugs to present as evidence against you?
- Were you pressured or forced to hold the drugs by another party?
Traffic Stops & Drug Charges in Texas
In Texas, traffic stops for sobriety testing are common. If you arrested at a traffic stop, one of the first things you and your attorney should do is investigate the legality of the stop. Even if the police have legally established a traffic stop, they must act in a reasonable manner when investigating drivers and cars and should not commit any grievous invasions of your privacy. Additionally, it is possible that you were given a more thorough investigation as a result of racial profiling, and if this can be proved in court it can significantly weaken the prosecution’s case against you.
Start Your Defense Today
As a Fort Worth drug crime defense attorney, I have defended hundreds of clients in the face of drug-related charges. I know the various angles to investigate in order to paint a clear picture of the situation for the court. Anyone can make a mistake, and a first-time drug possession should not be something that haunts you the rest of your life.
Contact The Law Office of Paul Previte today to schedule a consultation!