Dallas Drug Crimes Attorney
Types of Drug Crimes in Texas
A drug crime offense nvolves the sale, use, manufacturing or growth of
an illegal narcotic. Involvement with a
controlled substance can put you at odds with the law and in danger of incurring the repercussions.
Illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, LSD and
meth are all known for the adverse effects they have on drug users. In
fact, drug usage is linked to violent criminal behaviors.
Frequently committed drug crimes include, but are not limited to:
For all of these offenses, and more, an experienced Dallas drug crime defense
attorney from the D'Amore Law Firm can be
contacted for skillful representation.
Texas Marijuana Laws
States such as California and Colorado legalized licensed pharmacies that
can lawfully distribute marijuana provided the purchaser presents a prescription.
In certain regions of these states it is relatively easy to obtain a prescription
for marijuana. As a result, possession of relatively small amounts of
marijuana in these states has been all but legalized.
In contrast, Texas Law provides for comparatively stringent punishment
for persons convicted of even a relatively small amount of marijuana.
If you think marijuana possession is not a big deal, you would be wrong.
The Texas Health and Safety Code provides that a person commits the offense
of possession of marijuana if that person knowingly or intentionally possesses
a usable quantity of marijuana.
Possession of two ounces or less or marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor,
which carries a jail sentence not to exceed 180 days, a fine not to exceed
$2,000, or BOTH. As such, a person with NO previous criminal history who
is convicted of marijuana possession can be sentenced to significant jail
time and a substantial fine. In Texas being charged with possession of
marijuana is a very serious matter, and sentences judges and juries impose
can vary greatly depending on a variety of circumstances.
Drug Crime Statistics
- In 2004, it was reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that 17% of
state inmates committed their first criminal offense to obtain money to
purchase drugs. In federal prisons, 18% claimed they committed their first
crime to get money for drugs.
- The most commonly used substance by people under the age of 18 is alcohol,
followed closely by marijuana.
- In the United States, marijuana is the most commonly used drug.
- Over 6.3 million people in the U.S. use prescription drugs illegally each
month. In fact, prescription drug abuse is increasing year-to-year.
- In 2003, federal drug control spending was at $11.4 billion dollars. This
is a number that doubled in less than a 10 year period.
- Aside from fines and jail time, people who have been convicted of drug
crimes will likely be told that they have to partake in mandatory drug
& alcohol rehabilitation.
A few of the main things that will be looked at in regard to your charges
are the amount of the drug involved, the types of drugs, the activity
that allegedly took place and if there is a past criminal record, including
any other drug crime run ins with the law. If you have been charged with
a drug crime in Dallas, whether it is a
misdemeanor or a
it is important that you retain the services of a skilled lawyer, so don't wait to
contact the D'Amore Law Firm. Additionally, click here to visit our Dallas drug crimes website where
you will find specific information about our areas of practice in this field.