If you were charged with a drug crime, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Criminal charges are serious, and you should seek help fighting them from a criminal defense attorney familiar with handling drug crime cases in Texas. As as Dallas drug crime defense lawyer at Prospere & Russell*, Reed Prospere has been helping clients in Dallas since 1983, and we can use this experience to help you fight your charges. Reed Prospere has been a board-certified lawyer since 1984 and has the tenacity and drive to help you with any drug crime case.
The judicial system is complicated, especially when it comes to criminal court. There are state and federal laws that dictate how a drug case is handled. Furthermore, the specific circumstances of your situation will also have an impact on how the case is dealt with and what penalties you face if you might be convicted. For example, the type of drug involved in your case will impact how it is charged.
The federal government classifies drugs into five Schedules. Schedule I drugs are the most controlled and are classified as having no accepted medical use and are identified as having a high potential for abuse. These drugs, such as heroin, marijuana, and LSD, carry some of the most severe punishments. Meanwhile, Schedules II through V, which include drugs ranging from methamphetamines, ecstasy, and codeine, have accepted medical usages and are not considered by the government to be as dangerous as Schedule I drugs.
Drug crime charges that are common in Texas include:
DWI cases involving drugs
One thing that is true of all drug crime cases is that prosecutors are notoriously aggressive when pursuing charges. Situations that may not seem like a big deal to you carry severe punishments. If you are convicted of a drug crime in Dallas, you face fines, rehabilitation programs, probation, a loss of critical rights and privileges, and lengthy jail sentences. Having a criminal conviction on your record can also negatively impact your ability to find work and housing. This is why it is so important to fight your charges.
Dealing with Federal Drug Crimes
Whiles the Texas state courts handle many drug crimes, the federal government also prosecutes a variety of drug crimes. Federal drug cases tend to involve large amounts of drugs or are cases that were handled by federal law enforcement agents. Additionally, if the incident occurred on federal property, it will be handled by the federal government.
Examples of drug crimes that are handled by the federal government include:
Manufacturing and distribution
Possession with the intent to sell
Smuggling and trafficking
Interstate drug crimes
You will notice that both the federal and state governments handle similar types of drug crime cases. A critical difference between state drug charges and federal drug charges is in the penalties associated with a conviction. Federal cases tend to have significantly more severe punishments than at the state level. Additionally, federal drug crimes are usually charged as felonies, whereas at the state level, drug crimes are charged as both misdemeanors and felonies.
We Will Advocate for You
At Propsere & Russell, we know how scary it can be to face drug crime charges. As a Dallas drug crimes lawyer, Reed Prospere works diligently to provide every client with the aggressive legal representation they need to feel confident in court. We have extensive trial experience plus experience working in the federal court system. We are not afraid to go to court to fight for you. We believe everyone deserves dedicated legal representation. When you need someone to help you fight for your rights, call us.