Dallas Drug Possession Attorney
Are you facing charges for felony drug possession charges or federal drug charges in Dallas, Texas? If so, you need and deserve an experienced defense lawyer on your side. The penalties for a drug-related conviction are often severe and could follow you for life. The Dallas drug crime lawyers at Broden & Mickelsen, LLP can protect your rights and work to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
How Our Dallas Drug Possession Lawyers Can Help
If you’re facing drug possession charges in Texas, working with a defense attorney can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Here’s how a Dallas drug crime lawyer can help you:
- Evaluating Your Case: A lawyer can examine the details of your case, including how law enforcement handled your arrest and collected evidence. They can investigate possible procedural errors or violations of your rights and highlight them in your defense.
- Offering Legal Advice: Your lawyer can explain the drug charges against you, Texas drug penalties, and your legal options so you can make informed decisions at every stage.
- Developing a Defense Strategy: Your lawyer will devise a defense strategy based on their assessment. This might involve challenging the prosecution’s witnesses, arguing that certain pieces of evidence are inadmissible, or negotiating for reduced charges.
- Negotiating Plea Deals: If appropriate, your lawyer can negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors. This often involves pleading guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence.
- Representing You in Court: If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will represent you in court. They can argue on your behalf, cross-examine witnesses, and strive to persuade the judge or jury that the prosecution has failed to meet its heavy burden of proof.
- Handling Paperwork and Deadlines: Legal cases involve a lot of paperwork and strict deadlines. Your lawyer can manage all of these on your behalf, filing all documents correctly and on time to avoid potential procedural setbacks.
- Appealing a Conviction: If you’re convicted, your lawyer can help you appeal the decision, seeking to overturn the conviction or reduce the sentence.
Why Choose Broden & Mickelsen, LLP?
Based in Dallas, TX, Broden & Mickelsen, LLP specializes in handling complex federal and state criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels. Founders Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are board-certified specialists in criminal law and criminal appellate law with a combined experience of over 60 years. Since 1998, the firm has stood out for its sophisticated defense strategies and comprehensive representation in serious criminal charges, including at the post-conviction relief stage.
Here are just a few of their successful results in Texas drug defense cases:
- Successfully got all drug possession charges dismissed for a client after a grand jury presentation
- Overturned a 68-year sentence for drug distribution on appeal. Clint Broden highlighted jury instruction errors at the trial court stage, leading to the reversal of the conviction.
- Reversed a sentencing enhancement for a client accused of leading a drug conspiracy, reducing their sentence by seven years
- Vacated a client’s conviction and secured an order for a new trial in Cooke County, Texas by proving a conflict of interest with the client’s previous trial attorney
If you are facing drug charges and want a skilled advocate on your side, contact Broden & Mickelsen, LLP for a free case review.
Understanding Texas Drug Laws
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, drug possession offenses and penalties vary based on penalty groups, which are determined by the type and quantity of the drug. Marijuana and marijuana concentrates have their own penalty groups separate from other controlled substances.
- Drug Penalty Group 1 includes highly addictive substances like cocaine and heroin. Possession of less than one gram is a state jail felony, punishable by jail time of 180 days to two years and a $10,000 fine. Possession of larger quantities (400 grams or more) can result in first-degree felony charges, carrying a penalty of ten to 99 years in prison and the same fines.
- Drug Penalty Group 2 covers hallucinogenic substances such as PCP and ecstasy. The penalties are similar for possession of drugs in group 1, with a first-degree felony for over 400 grams resulting in prison time of five to 99 years and a $50,000 fine.
- Drug Penalty Group 3 includes drugs like benzodiazepines and methylphenidate, with penalties starting from a Class A misdemeanor for less than 28 grams. The offense increases to a first-degree felony for over 400 grams, punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
- Drug Penalty Group 4 consists of certain prescription drugs and chemicals. Penalties start with a Class B misdemeanor for less than 28 grams and escalate to a first-degree felony for over 400 grams.
- Marijuana is categorized separately in Texas, but severe penalties can still result. Possession of two ounces or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in prison and a $2,000 fine. Possession of more than 2,000 pounds is a felony, carrying a minimum of five years to a maximum of 99 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
- Hashish and concentrates are treated distinctly from marijuana. Possession of less than one gram is a state jail felony, punishable by a minimum of 180 days in prison. Possession of more than 400 grams can result in a minimum of 10 years in jail, potential life imprisonment, and a fine of up to $50,000.
- Paraphernalia possession is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Drug crime convictions can result in serious consequences that have a serious impact on your life. In addition to a possible jail sentence and heavy fines, potential consequences of a drug offense conviction can result in having to pay for and attend court-ordered treatment, having a permanent criminal record that follows you around for the rest of your life, losing your job and/or professional license, and being excluded from certain programs and housing options.
Drug offenses involving large quantities of controlled substances can also implicate federal laws, such as federal drug trafficking or drug manufacturing charges, which can result in life imprisonment if convicted.
If you are facing charges for any of these drug crimes, you need a strong defense to avoid these severe penalties. Contact our law office today for a free case review.
Potential Defenses in Drug Possession Cases
Dallas drug attorneys can use several potential strategies in drug possession defenses, such as:
- Challenging Evidence: Your lawyer can question the reliability and legality of the evidence against you. They might argue that the drugs were planted or that the tests confirming the drug composition were inaccurate.
- Fourth Amendment Violations: This strategy involves asserting that the authorities violated your rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure. If the police searched you or your property without probable cause or a warrant, the evidence they found might be inadmissible in court.
- Lack of Knowledge or Intent: Your lawyer could argue that you were unaware of the presence of the drugs and did not knowingly possess them. For example, this defense could apply if someone else left drugs in your car without your knowledge.
Contact an Experienced Dallas Drug Possession Lawyer
Are you facing drug charges for possession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Do you need legal representation for drug possession charges? Broden & Mickelsen, LLP can aggressively defend you against these charges and protect your rights at every stage. We’re ready to answer your questions and begin strategizing your defense, so contact us now for your free consultation.