Have you or a loved one been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime in Texas? It is important to take legal action right now by contacting a Houston drug attorney. A lawyer can begin working on your case.
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Our Houston criminal defense lawyer will look at your case from beginning to end including:
- through police reports,
- lab reports
- and video evidence.
We will fight hard to get all of the evidence. We will force the state to prove its drug offense case against you.
Drug Charges in Harris County Can Lead to Serious Consequences
You may be facing penalties that include:
- thousands of dollars in fines,
- prison time,
- probation and more.
We understand how drug charges can affect your life. If you have a conviction, you could
- lose your driver’s license,
- the ability to possess a firearm,
- as well as not being able to get federal financial aid for college.
Our law firm is ready to fight aggressively to protect your rights and your future.
We Defend Clients Throughout the Houston Metro Area Who Have Been Charged With Different Types of Drug Crimes
At the law office of Lisa Shapiro Strauss Attorney at Law, we defend clients throughout the Houston metro area who have criminal charges of different types of drug crimes including:
Marijuana Charges – Most people consider marijuana to be less harmful than drugs such as methamphetamines and cocaine. The state of Texas takes crimes involving marijuana seriously. The penalties are severe If you are convicted.
Controlled Substance Charges – Street drugs like cocaine, marijuana and heroin aren’t the only narcotics that fill your record with a drug possession charge. Having prescription medications, like Xanax and Adderall, without a doctor’s written permission can lead to a criminal case and potential jail time.
Examples of Drug Charges in Houston
There are many types of drug charges in Houston. These include:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to deliver
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Drug distribution
- Prescription drug crimes
If police search you, your home or your car without a proper warrant or probable cause, we will fight to have your case dismissed through either a hearing or negotiating with the DA’s Office. Contact our lawyer for a free initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Charges in Harris County
What are the Penalty Groups for Controlled Substances in Texas?
Texas divides CDS into four “penalty groups.” Group 1 lists the most dangerous drugs. These have a high probability of abuse and addiction. They also have no recognized medical value. Groups 1-A, 2, 2-A, 3, and 4 decrease in dangerousness and probability of abuse but increase in recognized medical uses.
Learn more about the penalty groups for controlled substance in Texas.
Does a Search by a Drug Sniffing Dog Violate Your Constitutional Rights in Texas?
The answer depends on whether it was done on public or private property.
If Searched on Public Property – The Supreme Court maintains that an individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy while on public property.
If Searched on Private Property – The Court ruled that a person has a right to be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion within their own homes.
Read more about if a search by drug sniffing dogs violates your constitutional rights in Texas.
Are Penalties Larger if I am Caught with Drugs in a Drug Free Zone in Houston?
The penalties associated with Drug Free Zones (DFZ) are very harsh. The sentence and fines will always be greater. For example, small quantity possession of a controlled substance is usually a class A misdemeanor. Inside a DFZ, that is a third degree felony.
Can I Have My Drug Possession Arrest Record Expunged in Harris County?
Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a person who has been arrested for either a felony or misdemeanor can have all records and files relating to the arrest expunged if:
* They were arrested for a drug crime but not charged.
* Their case was dismissed due to these factors – lack of probable cause, insufficient evidence or unavailable witnesses.
* A grand jury “no billed” the indictment against them.
* They were acquitted – found not guilty – by a judge or jury of the drug crime they were charged with.
If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a drug crime by a judge or jury you will not be able to get your arrest record expunged.
Learn more about expunging a drug possession arrest in Harris County.
Call Our Former Houston Prosecutor for a Free Initial Consultation
Lisa Shapiro Strauss is a former prosecutor who has been defending individuals against assault and drug crimes charges for 25 years. Her unique experience enables her to anticipate how judges and juries may approach drug cases. She can evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.
She has in-depth knowledge of proper police procedures. She can determine if police had probable cause to search your home, your body or your car during a drug arrest. She will also review search warrants to determine their validity. When she uncovers improprieties, she fights hard to have illegal evidence suppressed and charges dismissed.
To learn more about our aggressive and dedicated approach to drug crimes defense, contact us today. Call 713-449-9922 to arrange a free consultation.
Harris County Drug Charge Case Results
State vs BW: Client charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lisa got the case dismissed.
State vs RW: Client charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lisa got the case dismissed.
State vs JT: Client charged with Evading Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lisa got the case dismissed.
State vs DP: Client charged with Possession of Marijuana. Lisa got the case dismissed.