The State of Texas has complicated drug laws, and stiff penalties for violating them. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possible penalties will depend on a number of factors. The two main determining factors in drug possession cases are what specific drug is involved, and what amount of that drug is found. Texas divides controlled substances into four classes, with varying degrees of severity in sentencing. Marijuana is in a separate group, and while possession of a small amount of marijuana is likely to be charged as a misdemeanor, Texas is not as lenient as many other states in enforcing marijuana laws.

The most severe penalty for possession of a controlled substance in Texas could be up to 99 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. The least severe penalty is up to six months incarceration in a county jail and a fine up to $2000.As you can see, even the lightest sentence can be severe. Let attorney Michael H. Pham help you with your possession of a controlled substance charge by scheduling a consultation today at 713-236-7791.

How Do I Figure Out the Penalties I Might Face for Possession of a Controlled Substance?

The statutes in Texas that regulate controlled substances and the outline penalties for various drug possession offenses are extremely complicated. There are many sections of the Texas Health and Safety Code that apply in these cases, and the code is difficult for the average person without a law degree to decipher. Hiring an experienced defense attorney to help you find out what your penalties might be and to defend you against the charges is the smartest move you can make.

What Can an Experienced Lawyer Do to Defend Me against a Possession Charge?

An experienced defense lawyer can take a number of steps to get charges dropped, prove your innocence, or minimize the consequences when you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance. Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing police reports are all tasks that an attorney can take off your shoulders in a stressful time. You are innocent until proven guilty, and have Constitutionally- guaranteed rights that must be respected. Michael H. Pham will work aggressively to protect your rights and safeguard your future.

How Soon after Being Charged Should I Call a Lawyer?

It would be ideal to have an attorney present from the moment of your arrest to ensure that your rights are being protected and that you do not make any errors that will make you harder to defend. This is rarely realistic, however, so it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are charged with possession of a controlled substance. Call the Law Office of Michael H. Pham today to begin protecting your future.