Drug crimes are vigorously prosecuted in Texas, both at the state and federal levels, and punishment upon conviction can be quite severe. Even possession of a small amount of drugs can cause big trouble with serious, long-term consequences. At McLemore, Reddell & Story, P.L.L.C., we take every case seriously and dedicate ourselves to helping our clients before their personal and professional life becomes a casualty to the government’s war on drugs.
The United States Controlled Substances Act and the Texas Controlled Substances Act have many features in common. They both prohibit the manufacture or cultivation, distribution, possession or sale of a list of substances, from street drugs such as marijuana and cocaine to prescription medicines with a high potential for abuse, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Oxycodone. The potential sentences for conviction depend upon the offense charged, such as possession versus drug trafficking, but they depend upon other factors as well. The type of drug and the amount involved play major factors, as well as the defendant’s criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the arrest, such as whether there were any weapons or violence involved.
Trial Defense and Drug Courts
There are often many defenses available to drug charges. Many times drug arrests are made based on witness testimony, which are often rife with misidentification and problems with credibility. Any search, arrest, interrogation, or other police procedure should also be examined closely to make sure it comported with individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
In addition to presenting a strong and vigorous defense, we also use our skills and experience as former prosecutors to negotiate alternative sentencing through drug courts and similar diversion programs, where available and appropriate. Whatever the charge, we take the time to listen to our clients and to explain the potential consequences and options, so that they can make the best informed decision about how to proceed with their defense.
If you have been arrested and charged with a drug-related offense in Houston or throughout the state of Texas, contact David Reddell at McLemore, Reddell & Story, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation regarding your best options and how we can help you.