Drug Crimes Lawyer in Plano

Defending the Accused Throughout the DFW Metro Area

Drug-related crimes are difficult to fight anywhere in the United States. In Texas, where police regularly upgrade minor drug possession charges to much worse offenses and judges ask for strict sentencing, the stakes are even higher. A first-time drug offense can result in severe penalties, and prosecutors will push for a conviction on your permanent record. Aside from fines and jail time, you could be prevented from applying for loans or even renting an apartment in the future.

If you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charge related to illegal drugs, you need someone on your side with experience navigating the criminal process. Plano drug crimes attorney H. Alex Fuller has spent over 10 years fighting to protect his client’s interests and advocating against harsh sentencing for drug crimes. When you work with Alex, you can trust that he will provide a fair and full defense for your case.

To schedule your free consultation at The Law Office of H. Alex Fuller, PLLC, call today at (214) 438-4419.

Key Categories of Drug Crimes in Texas

Whereas most states follow the classification system established by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, Texas has its own drug categories. Knowing exactly why you’ve been charged with a drug crime and what you can expect can make the difference between a strong defense and a conviction.

Under the Texas Penal Code, you can be charged for a vast range of criminal drug offenses in six major categories, called penalty groups:

  • Penalty Group 1: Narcotics, like opioids, cocaine, heroin, and mushrooms.
  • Penalty Group 1A: LSD and any of its variants.
  • Penalty Group 2: Hallucinogens, including ecstasy, mescaline, and PCP.
  • Penalty Group 2A: Synthetic cannabinoids, like K2 and spice.
  • Penalty Group 3: Opioids and opiates not in Group 1, like Xanax, Atavan, Valium, and Ritalin.
  • Penalty Group 4: Narcotic compounds with medicinal ingredients, like codeine or morphine.
  • Marijuana: Covers marijuana and derivatives.

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs nationwide, and many states have decriminalized its possession. This is not the case in Texas: Here, 4 ounces of marijuana can be classified as a felony. Giving a friend a quarter ounce of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor, and if money is exchanged, you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor instead (Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 481.120).

Additionally, simply owning drug-related paraphernalia, or falsifying a drug test can also justify a drug crimes charge. Because of the complexity of this system, it’s recommended that you speak with a criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the charges you face, and prepare the best strategy for overcoming them.

What Penalties Can I Face for Drug Crimes?

Texas is a border state, and the drug crime laws have evolved in an environment rife with drug trafficking and manufacturing. As a result, prosecutors have thrived on pursuing the maximum penalties for every drug. If you’re charged with the manufacture, possession, or distribution of any drug listed in a penalty group, you can face steep fines, jail time, and high mandatory sentences – even life sentences in some cases. Attorney H. Alex Fuller has successfully defended many clients facing impossible odds, and he has the experience and skills to handle complex drug crimes cases.

Act now to protect your future by contacting The Law Office of H. Alex Fuller, PLLC for a free consultation in Plano, Frisco, or the DFW Metro Area.

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