Fort Worth Drug Crime Attorney
Texas doesn’t play around when it comes to drugs. If you’re going to carry, why not be well informed on what laws you’re breaking. Though marijuana is rapidly becoming legalized across the country, Texas is still cracking down on possession of all controlled substances. You need to speak to a Fort Worth drug attorney with years of experience about your options if you have been arrested or think you are going to be arrested. Felony conviction not only can result in prison time, probation and fines, but will also hinder your ability to receive government benefits, seek employment, attend school, and file for child custody or visitation.
There is always the possibility of a dismissal. No matter how bad it looks or what evidence they supposedly have, NEVER say anything. Everybody is human and humans make mistakes. With enough evidence in your favor and any or all flaws exposed in the prosecutions case, you can rest easy, for you may have your case dismissed. However, accomplishing such a task will require a smart defense from an experienced Fort Worth criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover. I offer a free consultation, give our office a call @ 817-335-9500. Let’s work together on keeping your name clear!
Common Tarrant County Drug Crimes
Drug crimes can vary in degree of punishment. It’s all dependent upon the particular activity, type of drug, or amount of drug. Drug crimes are subject to the officers interpretation of your intent, therefore it is not uncommon to see not-so-innocent overcharged people. You could land a manufacturing or delivery charge just because the arresting officer portrays the situation that way. This is also a common practice to intimidate you. They charge you with a scary crime in attempt to get you to plea to a lesser crime. Know the law before you face consequences for the rest of your life. Always know your rights!
Knowing important facts about the law can be the difference between probation and serving prison time. For instance, marijuana possession under 2 oz is only a class B misdemeanor. However, sale of marijuana greater than 7 grams is a state jail felony, resulting in up to 2 years prison time.
Controlled Substance in Tarrant County
The Texas Controlled Substances Act of the Texas Health and Safety Code enumerates which drugs are banned. Drug paraphernalia and counterfeit substances are also illegal. Even prescription medications can become controlled substances. A lot easier than most people think. Simply sharing your pain meds with your spouse is a federal offense. If the individual does not have a valid license for the medication, it is considered a controlled substance. (assuming the medication is scheduled) Below is a list of common controlled substances The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover has dealt with. Many of which tend to be dismissed or reduced.
• ecstacy (mdma)
The severity of punishment varies widely, depending on the type of drug, and quantity. The different classifications of drugs are broken down into different schedules, based on their potential for abuse, addiction and accepted medical use. Your possible misdemeanor or felony is based on this scheduling and the quantity of the drug.
DEA Schedule List
Definition of Schedule I
Drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Examples include heroin, LSD, Marijuana (cannabis), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone and peyote.
Definition of Schedule II
Drugs with high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous.
Examples include Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
Definition of schedule III
drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV.
Examples include ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone, Tylenol #3
Definition of schedule IV
drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.
Examples include Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Tramadol.
Definition of schedule V
drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.
Examples include Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin and cough syrup with less than 200 milligrams of codeine.
Even though marijuana is placed in schedule I federally, it generally is not treated as such. In Texas, a marijuana possession offense less than 2 ounces could be prosecuted as a class B misdemeanor. On the flip side, being caught in possession of any other schedule I drug will likely be considered a felony. The quantity determines what degree of felony you receive. Drug-free zones are a serious matter in Texas. Drug-free zones will escalate your offense.
• Schools and school buses
• Public swimming pools
• Youth centers
• Video game arcades
With the right lawyer defending your rights, you can beat any charge. Case dismissals are fairly common. After many years of experience The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover has dismissed many cases and reduced many more. Hiring a knowledgeable Fort Worth criminal defense attorney can be the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Call our office today for a free consultation!