Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Denton County?
Call (940) 580-2899 to Speak with Our Criminal Defense Lawyers
In Texas, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine are some of
the most widely prosecuted crimes at both the state and federal levels.
At the Law Offices of Tim Powers, we defend possession and delivery drug
charges at both the state and federal level. Managing Attorney Tim Powers
is a former Assistant Denton County District Attorney, former Municipal
Judge, and appointed special prosecutor criminal justice professor at
the University of North Texas, which gives us a unique ability to build
a strong defense for your case. Drug crime penalties can be severe, especially
at the federal level and for individuals accused of manufacturing, trafficking,
and distribution. You need an experienced Texas drug crimes attorney to
protect your constitutional rights.
Possession of marijuana is one of the few drug charges that can be a misdemeanor
for small quantities of up to four ounces. Any amount of marijuana over
four ounces will be a felony and if there is any attempt to sell or deliver,
the penalties are enhanced. Most other drug offenses, even for amounts
less than one gram, are categorized as felonies. The penalties for drug
possession and delivery charges increase dramatically as the quantity
of drugs is increased.
Drug offenses can include possession, manufacturing, importation, and delivery
or distribution of controlled substances. The more serious charges include
delivery, trafficking, manufacturing, and possession. These charges carry
severe penalties, especially at the federal level. If you are facing federal
charges you will generally have little chance for appeal. Federal minimum
penalties for drug crimes are well known for their severity. With this
in mind, it is important to contact our firm as soon as possible after
your arrest to begin building a strong defense.
Discuss your case with our team during a complimentary review.
Know Your Rights
A drug offense conviction will have many collateral consequences. A conviction
for possession of marijuana, cocaine, or almost any other illegal drug
will result in the loss of driving privileges for one year. Also, a drug
conviction will result in not being eligible for various federal loans
and grants such as student loans.
Whether your charge is at the state or federal level, out Denton County
criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Tim Powers will examine
all the details concerning your arrest looking for potential weaknesses
in the prosecution's case to prevent your conviction.
Weaknesses can include:
- Unconstitutional stop by authorities
- Improper search warrant
- Illegal search and seizure
- Lack of an affirmative link between the person charged and the drug
Oftentimes, the best course is to challenge the drug charge by having a
motion to suppress evidence hearing. The motion to suppress is a method
to challenge various parts of the state's case. Occasionally, even
though the motion to suppress was not successful in getting the charge
dismissed, the prosecutor will come to the realization that the officer
was not truthful or that the case has some other weakness; and will therefore
reduce or dismiss the charges. If the motion to suppress is successful,
the prosecutor will normally dismiss the charges. If the motion to suppress
is not successful, you can still go to trial or you can still negotiate
a plea bargain. If the case is dismissed following the motion to suppress,
we can usually obtain an expunction allowing you to deny the arrest.
Contact the Law Offices of Tim Powers today!
If you have been charged with drug crimes related to possession of cocaine,
possession of marijuana, drug manufacturing, or operating a meth lab,
you need a Denton County criminal defense attorney with the experience
to effectively challenge your arrest in the state or federal court system.
Call us at (940) 580-2899 to set up an appointment so we can determine how best
to help you.