Houston Criminal Drug Defense AttorneyThe United States is engaged in a War on Drugs or more truthfully defined as a war on men and women that do drugs and Texas is leading the charge. If you have been charged with possession of drugs or manufacture of a controlled substance, or intent to deliver, there are a number of things Houston Criminal Drug Defense Attorney Andy Nolen thinks you will need to know:
1. A drug conviction in Texas may result in the loss of your drivers license. That will then add surcharges and reinstatement fees that can run over $1000. You will additionally have to take the Drug Offender Education Program (D. O. E. P. ).
This class is for men and women whom have already been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug offense. This class will satisfy the requirement for education mainly because of a suspended driver's license. The standardized program is 15 hours in length taught in three-hour segments.
2. A conviction for drugs could result in your losing eligibility for certain types of federal financial aid for school. Some schools may expel a person if the drug offense is committed on the school property. So not only can you lose your drivers license, but you may even lose your diploma.
3. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is almost a certainty that you will be tested for drugs at some point. This could possibly be while your on bond and possibly the first time you go to court. Marijuana can continue to be in a person's system for approximately 6 weeks. Supplements designed to beat the system usually do not work, so don't rely on them. Don't do drugs of any type while on bond or you risk having your bond revoked and going to jail. Also, you don't need to appear to be an active drug user to the court, making your case more problematic.
4. Drug residue such as microscopic amounts in a pipe or bag is a felony if it is a controlled substance. Weed must be a useful amount to be a criminal offense.
5. The most common ways drug cases are beaten are either that there was an unlawful Search and Seizure and / or that there was lack of Affirmative Links between a defendant and the drugs. If the search was bad, the evidence can be suppressed. Affirmative Links arguments are scenarios like when there are 4 people in a car and the state can't show the drugs belonged to any certain person. Also best-known as, it was the other guy not me.
Houston Criminal Drug Defense Attorney Andy Nolen has utilized both of these strategies to get felony and misdemeanor drug cases dismissed.
6. The State must also prove that the drugs were in fact drugs. Insisting that the "drugs" in question were in fact drugs can sometimes get a case dismissed.
Houston Criminal Drug Defense Attorney Andy Nolen recently had a felony possession of a controlled substances charge dismissed after requesting the state to analyze the "x pill". Turned out, it wasn't ecstasy at all and the case was dismissed. The happy client had a very disappointed sibling who was also charged with the same thing but had a court appointed lawyer who plead him guilty and he is currently on 4 years felony probation for nothing! If he violates his probation, they will not reconsider the evidence, they will revoke him and incarcerate him.
Andy Nolen has practiced law for 20 years and has represented over 3000 clients and had hundreds of cases dismissed. He has successfully helped people with all types of drug cases from possession of drug paraphernalia to multi kilo cocaine case. Please call Attorney Andy Nolen to talk about your case for free at 832-480-8951.