In Texas, federal and state prosecutors typically take a harsh approach to all types of drug offenses, from participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy to simple possession. If you are facing drug charges, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. A conviction of this type will affect your future.
Sylvia A. Cavazos is a San Antonio defense lawyer. As a former prosecutor with criminal defense trial experience in federal and state court, she is prepared to defend clients against all types of drug charges. She will evaluate your case and determine a strategy. By obtaining discovery of all police reports and documents in your case, she will determine what action to take. She will file motions, if necessary, which may ultimately result in suppression of evidence leading to dismissal of your charges.
The amount of drugs allegedly found will determine the level of offense. It can range from a misdemeanor amount up to a felony or a federal-level offense. Call the firm to discuss the possible ranges of punishment in your particular case: 210-468-1130.
Citizens are arrested for drug charges every day. It is important that law enforcement also follow the law. However, the system is not flawless. It is your lawyer's job to ensure that any evidence was seized in a lawful manner. Many times, officers also break the law and do not follow proper police procedures. Attorney Cavazos will protect your rights. Did the officers obtain a search warrant? Did the officers obtain consent to search your home or vehicle? Did the officer have probable cause to stop your vehicle and then later search it? Where were the drugs found? As a former prosecutor, she knows what to look for in aggressively defending your case.
The firm frequently represents clients in federal cases in which they are accused of participating in the trafficking of drugs across the state lines and international boundaries. However, Ms. Cavazos devotes the same level of focused attention to clients facing relatively minor charges in state court.
If you are charged and convicted with any drug offense, you can receive serious penalties, including jail or prison time, fines, forfeiture of your assets, restrictions on your employment or educational prospects, a criminal record, and/or driver's license suspension. A conviction under the federal law can result in longer prison sentences in a federal prison and larger fines.
The firm provides aggressive defense for clients who have been charged with all types of drug crimes, including:
- Misdemeanor simple possession
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Conspiracy with intent to distribute
- Smuggling of illegal drugs across the U.S. Border
- Prescription fraud and other prescription drug offenses
Drug Crimes and Offenses in Texas
What is Marijuana? Marijuana is defined under Texas law as "the Cannabis plant, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or its resin."
What is a Controlled Substance? A Controlled Substance can include any medication without a prescription, prescription medication, street drugs, natural substances, man-made substances, pills and chemicals. Examples of controlled substances are: Hydrocodone (painkillers), Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Morphine, Ritalin, Ecstasy, Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamines.
Crimes Involving Drugs or Controlled Substances
Possession of Marijuana — A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marijuana. (Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.121)
Marijuana Distribution or Delivery — A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally delivers marijuana. (Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.120)
Possession of a Controlled Substance — A person can be charged with this offense if they intentionally or knowingly possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. (Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.115-481.118)
Possession with Intent to Distribute — A person can be charged with this offense if they intentionally or knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver a controlled substance. (Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.112-481.114)
If you have been charged with possession or distribution of any drug, contact the firm today at 210-468-1130 or by email to schedule a free one-hour consultation.