A drug charge is nothing to be taken lightly. A drug conviction on your record can haunt you for the rest of your life. It can make it difficult to get a job and even prevent you from obtaining financial aide for college. A drug conviction will also result in a driver license suspension for 6 months. Additionally, depending on the amount and type of drugs you have been accused of possessing, you could be facing up to 6 months in jail for a Class B drug charge to 99 years or life imprisonment for a 1st degree felony drug charge.
Most often, people are charged with drugs that didn’t even belong to them or they had no idea the drugs where around them. In Texas, a person can be charged if they are riding in a vehicle and another person has drugs hidden in the vehicle. Police officers will typically charge everyone around the drugs even when the person charged tells the officer that they had no idea the drugs where there. When this occurs, you need a lawyer that is experienced with these types of cases, knows the law, and can provide the best defense possible to protect your rights and freedom.
Drug cases are different than any other type of criminal charge. An experienced drug defense attorney will tell you that these cases are won mostly on the law rather than the facts. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure. Even if you were searched and drugs were found on you or in your home, it does not mean that you are guilty. The police cannot search you or your home unless they have your permission, received a warrant, see the drugs in plain view, or have some other lawful reason. If the police do not follow the procedures required for a legal search, then the drugs will not be allowed as evidence against you and the Government will not be able to prove you guilty. Additionally, the law requires that the police have valid reason to conduct a traffic stop. If the police officer did not have a valid reason to stop you, then any drugs that were found during that stop cannot be used as evidence against you.
The Law Offices of Dustan Neyland will provide you the best legal defense possible and will work hard to protect your rights and freedom. Contact us today at (281) 312-0155 to schedule a consultation.