State Drug Charges
Drug charges cover a wide spectrum, depending on the type of drug and the amount. Possession of any amount of certain drugs is a felony, including Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, LSD, Psilocybin mushrooms, Heroin and Methamphetamine. Penalties in Texas courts can range from a low of six months in jail for state jail feony possession, up to 99 years for first degree felony possession and/or distribution of large quantities of drugs. Other drugs are misdemeanors in small amounts, such as marijuana and some prescription drugs, but can be enhanced to felonies based on large amounts, sale, or distribution. Anyone faced with drug charges should start reviewing Austin drug crime lawyers and hire somebody to protect your rights and future as early in the process as you can. It can make a marked difference on the outcome of the case.
Federal Drug Charges
In addition to State drug charges, an accused drug offender may be charged with violation of Federal drug laws, and be prosecuted by both the State and Federal Government over the same incident. Generally speaking, the federal prosecutors are not interested in taking relatively small cases, wanting instead to target large scale drug cases and operations. The larger the bust, the more likely the Federal Government will be interested. If you have a Federal Drug Case, then you will need to consult Austin drug crime lawyers who are admitted in Federal Court.
Some of the most common drug charges involve:
We regularly assist clients charged with all level of drug charges. In every case, the Austin drug crime lawyers at Tillman Braniff try to get the client back to the status he or she was before being arrested. We work to get drug charges dismissed or reduced, seek alternative resolutions like Drug Court (The SHORT program), diversion, and rehabilitation. Whenever possible, we seek to get resolutions that leave the possiblity of expunction or non-disclosure in the future. Call Rhett Braniff or Brian Tillman to discuss your case, and see how we can help. You can set up a free consultation to meet with one of our Austin criminal attorneys in person and get an assessment of your case. Once you understand where you stand legally, you can then begin making the right decisions in how to address your drug charges.