Drug Charges In Denton, Collin, Cooke, & Wise Counties
In the state of Texas, and under federal law, there are severe punishments for any individual convicted of serious drug charges like possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, or the manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, delivery, or selling of illegal drugs. In the right context, the penalties for these drug charges can increase significantly including greatly increased jail time. These conditions include drug related offenses in proximity to a school or church, while driving, or even in connection with health care fraud.
If you or someone in your family is facing or thinks they may soon face drug charges, it’s of the utmost importance you seek qualified legal counsel and representation as soon as possible. You need a criminal defense attorney who is compassionate about your situation, understands the law, can deftly argue your case in court, and who will work tirelessly to give you your best chance at an optimal outcome for your case – you need someone like Former District Attorney turned Criminal Defense Attorney, Bruce Isaacks.
Drug Charge Classifications and Penalties
One of the most complicated aspects of drug charges in the state of Texas is that the law applying to your offense is governed by the organization that arrests you. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney like Bruce who understands the intricacies of the North Texas Court system and has argued case after case concerning drug and other criminal charges if you hope to avoid spending years in jail or even federal prison as well as paying thousands upon thousands in fines.
Determining the specific penalty you may be facing requires a thorough understanding of the applicable sections of both the Texas Controlled Substances Act and Texas Health and Safety Code. Depending on the controlled substance involved and the resulting affect it has on those who take it, penalties for convictions of drug charges fall into four groups:
- Penalty Group 1: This group includes drugs like morphine, methamphetamines, heroin, oxycontin, speed, codeine, GHB, Special K, methadone, cocaine, the Date Rape Drug, and more.
- Penalty Group 1-A: This group has one controlled substance: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD).
- Penalty Group 2: Included in this group are drugs like ecstasy/MDMA, hallucinogens, mushrooms, psilocybin, bath salts, and cathinone.
- Penalty Group 3: Included in group three are Valium, Zolpidem, Xanax, Ambien, etc.
- Penalty Group 4: In this group are controlled substances with limited amounts of narcotics or substances with non-narcotic active ingredients.
The severity of the consequences and penalties for a guilty verdict on a drug charge depends both on the penalty group as well as other determining factors such as whether or not a weapon was involved, whether or not a child under the age of 18 was involved, the quantity of the substance, if there is a previous criminal history, and if death or serious harm to another person resulted from the offense.
Though less serious charges may only result in a few thousand dollars in fines and a few years in prison, a felony drug conviction can carry with it fines of up to $250,000 as well as up to 99 years in prison. Along with this, those convicted in the state of Texas can lose their license, lose student loans, be unable to locate employment or a place to rent, be forced to go through rehab, and perform extensive community service. There is simply too much at risk. If you or someone you know stands accused of any kind of drug related charge, call our law offices today. We’d be glad to discuss the details of your case.
Defending Against Drug Charges
In most criminal drug charge trials, convictions are won on the strength of the physical evidence the prosecution is able to bring. This evidence includes drug tests, drugs seized from the defendant, or any number of tests that officers of the law may have administered. One of the best ways to defend against such charges is to have a criminal defense attorney who not only understands the law and the North Texas court system, but also has the grit and court-room know-how to leverage these strengths and challenge the evidence presented against you on your behalf.
Bruce Isaacks has made a career out of doing just that: minimizing penalties, reducing charges, and negotiating the best-possible outcomes for his clients facing drug charges again and again. As a criminal defense attorney, Bruce Isaacks is Board Certified, Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has spent years aggressively defending the rights of clients facing all manner of serious drug related criminal charges. Charges that include possession of controlled substances, the manufacturing and/or delivery of drugs, and possession of marijuana. Bruce has the legal expertise, drive, and understanding of the North Texas court system needed to get his clients the best possible outcomes no matter how desperate the case or complex the legal issues surrounding it.
So please give the Law Offices of Bruce Isaacks a call today. We’re standing by, ready to take your call.