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McKinney Drug Possession Lawyer
Drug Possession Defense Attorney in Anna, Melissa, Prosper, Frisco, Plano, & Wylie
Drug possession is considered a serious crime in Texas. It is estimated that 25% of local inmates and 25% of state prisoners are incarcerated due to drug possession charges, and, often, the state dismisses the fact that these people suffer from severe addictions. Due to these strict drug laws, being charged with possession can often flip your life upside down — whether it be through the loss of your driver’s license, loss of employment, loan ineligibility, child custody modifications, and more. If you have been arrested for drug possession, it’s critical that you understand your rights.
In many drug possession cases, convictions are often sought based on evidence that is illegally obtained through faulty tips, invalid search warrants, no probable cause, and coerced confessions. At NO Law Firm, Attorney Nii Amaa Ollennu will do his best to advocate for you by whatever means necessary. At our firm, we proudly serve McKinney, Texas.
Understanding Drug Possessions Charges
If you have recently been arrested, it is important to understand that different drugs fall into a wide range of penalty groups. Another key factor to remember is that the severity of the charge is often determined by the amount of drugs or controlled substances that was found in your possession.
By and large, a number of different factors can determine the penalty you face, including:
- The amount of drugs in your possession
- The type of drug or drugs in your possession
- The presence of any drug paraphernalia
- Any previous convictions
The penalty groups for drug possession charges are organized by the type of drug that you are found to be in possession of.
These penalties include:
- Marijuana: Texas has its own penalty charge for marijuana possession. This charge includes any paraphernalia that is related to marijuana, including vapes, pipes, and bongs containing residue.
- Penalty Group 1: This category includes but is not limited to heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.
- Penalty Group 1a: This group is specific to LSD.
- Penalty Group 2: This includes ecstasy, PCP, and mescaline.
- Penalty Group 3: This group includes prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium, and Ritalin.
- Penalty Group 4: This category involves morphine and opioids.
Source: Texas Criminal Code
Classifications for Drug Possession Charges
The classification of your charge depends on the amount of drugs or controlled substances that have been found in your possession at the time of your arrest. In addition to the quantity of drugs in possession, past convictions may also result in stiffer sentencing.
The different state classifications include:
- Class B misdemeanor
- Class A misdemeanor
- Third-degree felony offense
- Second-degree felony offense
- First-degree felony offense
Work with an Experienced Defense Lawyer
Attorney Ollennu has been fighting arrests based on illegal searches and faulty tips for years. As a skilled advocate, he can review your case and defend your rights to ensure that your case is handled by the courts fairly. He is known for his compassion and sincerity, and he is dedicated to listening to the concerns of his clients and fighting for their future. Too often, drug possession charges can cause severe damage to a person’s livelihood, which can have a downward domino effect that is hard for people to come back from. If you are facing difficult drug possession charges, Attorney Ollennu wants to help.
If this is your first arrest for drug possession, you may qualify for the first-time offender program to keep the criminal conviction off your record. Contact us to find out if your situation is eligible.
Don’t Let a Drug Charge Ruin Your Future
Being charged with drug possession can leave you feeling hopeless. The good news is that you don’t have to face this challenge on your own. Having an experienced and trusted advisor on your side can often help turn the tides in your case. Attorney Ollennu has extensive experience helping individuals fight their charges and reduce or eliminate the consequences of their arrests in their drug possession proceedings.
What Are the Drunk Driving Laws in Texas?
In Texas, laws for drunken driving are based upon your BAC (blood alcohol concentration), that is above the legal limit, while operating a vehicle. The enforced legal limits are below:
- Under the age of 21, a BAC of .02 or more
- Drivers of all ages, a BAC of .08 or more
- Any commercial vehicle drivers, a BAC of .04 or more
Anytime you exceed this limit, you run the risk of getting convicted for a DWI.
If This Is My First DWI, Will I Receive Jail Time?If this is your first alcohol related offense, then you will most likely avoid any jail time. However, this depends on the details of your case.
Will I Lose My License if I am Charged with a DWI?
A DWI offense in Texas can lead to a suspension of your license for a period of 90 days up to 2 years. The length of suspension is determined based on a few different factors.
- The driver’s age
- Blood alcohol level
- Circumstances of the offense
- Prior convictions.
What Are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?
In Texas, the state has a wide range of charges for a drunk driving charge.
- A fine of up to $10,000
- License suspension for 90 days to two years
- Installation of an interlock ignition device
- Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment
- Seventy-two hours to 10 years in jail
The severity of your charges can range based on if you have prior DWI convictions. If you do, that would likely lead to more serious charges.
Can My DWI Case Get Dismissed?In some cases, you can get a DWI dismissed or reduced charges. This depends heavily on the factors of the case. It is always in your best interest to hire a skilled attorney to assist you through your legal troubles.