Dallas Drug Possession Attorney
Charged with possession? Get a former prosecutor on your side
Our state is considered to be a "gateway" state, due to the US/Mexico border, where controlled substances are known to flow into the state and then to the rest of the country. There are both state and federal drug task forces operating day and night to identify those who are involved in the illegal drug trade. In some cases, a person is caught in the net, and charged with drug possession or possession with intent. This is a very serious matter in our state, as the penalties imposed in a conviction can be significant. The type of drug, the amount, and the criminal record of the accused will all come into play with regard to the level of the charges and the potential penalties.
Our Qualifications: Outstanding Experience and Respect
The D'Amore Law Firm is recognized throughout the courts in the Dallas area as a highly skilled criminal defense firm, and is respected by legal professionals throughout the criminal justice system in the area. The reputation of your Dallas possession lawyer is an important issue; the outcome of your case is influenced by several factors, but most significantly, the skills and experience of your defender. With more than 19 years serving on the "other side," our firm's founder, Thomas A. D'Amore, gained a reputation as a hard-hitting prosecutor, serving in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Our firm defends against both misdemeanor and felony drug crimes, including possession and possession with intent.
Penalties for Drug Possession
The penalties that could be imposed upon you are very severe. For example, in cases of marijuana possession, if you are caught with 2 ounces or less, you will be facing a misdemeanor charge, with the possibility of 180 days in jail, and a $2,000 fine. Between 2 ounces and 4 ounces could lead to up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Once you pass the threshold, and are accused of possessing more than 4 ounces, you will be facing felony charges, with a penalty of up to 2 years in prison, and a minimum served of 180 days – judges cannot reduce this sentence, it is mandatory. If the drug involved is hashish, possession of even 1 gram is filed as a felony, with up to 2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. For 1 -4 grams of hashish, the penalty is increased, with a potential sentence of up to 10 years in state prison, and $10,000 in fines.
Under state law, there are several "penalty groups" for drugs, and the most serious penalties are imposed will be for those drugs in Penalty Group 1, which includes possession of cocaine, heroin, meth, as well as several prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and others. Penalty group 2 includes ecstasy, mescaline and PCP, and Penalty group 3 includes drugs such as valium, Xanax, Ritalin and others. The drug you are accused of possessing and the amount of the substance will determine the penalty the court can impose upon you, which in many cases, will include a $10,000 fine and 2 years in jail, with 180 days mandatory incarceration, and a felony criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Don't take chances if you are accused of any level of drug possession. Get a true professional on your side, and contact us.