Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in Houston
Aggressive Drug Defense in Harris County, TX
Drug crimes can vary dramatically in severity and potential penalties.
Crimes involving controlled substances can also be charged at a state or
federal level, depending on the nature of the allegations. As a
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Attorney Jed Silverman can
handle virtually any type of drug case, and he and the rest of our team
have the resources necessary to fight for clients' rights in and out
of state and in federal court.
Facing drug charges? Call (713) 597-2221 for
a FREE consultation.
From first-time offenders dealing with
marijuana charges to defendants looking at
felony charges for
drug trafficking, our firm is committed to aggressive criminal defense representation wherever
and however it is needed. If you are interested in learning more about
drug charges and your rights as a suspect or defendant, we invite you to
request a FREE consultation. A drug crime lawyer at our firm can offer the insight you need to make
informed choices at any stage of your case.
Handling the Full Range of Drug Crime Cases
Our Houston drug crime lawyers have used decades of combined legal experience
to effectively protect the rights and futures of clients facing all types
of drug crime charges at the state or federal level, including:
What Factors Influence the Severity of My Drug Charges?
In dealing with drug-related charges, there are specific factors that may
influence whether you are charged with a
misdemeanor or a felony, as well as the penalties you may face. These factors may include:
The type of drug allegedly involved. This is one of the primary factors to consider in a drug crime case. Controlled
substances, from marijuana to heroin to prescription drugs, are all classified
based on their perceived health hazards and potential for abuse.
The amount of said drug. Though this will vary by case, an incident involving a very small amount
of a controlled substance will typically be viewed as
possession with lesser penalties. Cases involving large amounts of drugs are more likely to involve more
intent in regard to the drug or drugs. Based on the evidence, the prosecution may file possession with intent
or drug distribution charges, which carry heavier penalties. This evidence
may include large quantities of drugs, tools used to produce or measure
drugs, alleged "client lists," large amounts of cash, and more.
In other words, the penalties for possessing marijuana are generally less
the penalties for selling it.
Whether minors were allegedly involved. Giving or selling drugs to minors or committing drug crimes on school
properties can result in enhanced penalties.
Challenging the Government’s Case Against You
Although every case is unique and demands a tailored defense strategy,
your defense is always centered on challenging the government’s
version of the facts and the case it has made against you. This requires
meticulous work at every stage of your case, including:
- Thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding an investigation,
stop, and arrest. If law enforcement committed errors or infringed upon
your rights – such as an unlawful search and seizure – it
can potentially taint the evidence they have against you.
- Evaluating the nature of the charges in relation to the situation at hand.
Our Houston drug attorneys can poke holes in the prosecution in order
to show that you did not do what they said you did, or that what was done
does not constitute an illegal act, depending on the facts involved.
Ultimately, our goal is to help clients obtain the best resolution possible
– be it dismissals, charge reductions, reduced penalties, or alternative
sentencing options that avoid imprisonment and long-term penalties.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Crimes
Following are some of the most frequently asked questions that individuals
who face drug crime charges ask. If you have further inquiries, reach
out to our firm at your earliest convenience!
What is the average jail time for a drug possession charge?
Depending on the type of drug and amount involved in an alleged drug crime
charge, the crime will be charged as misdemeanor or felony. The minimum
punishment is 180 days. The maximum punishment for the crime of drug possession
is in a TDC detention facility for 10 to 99 years.
Do first-time drug offenders go to jail?
In the state of Texas, a first-time offender could be faced with a jail
sentence of around 180 days. It is likely that a conviction will carry
a sentence of jail.
Can I go to jail for selling fake drugs?
State and federal laws make the sale of drugs illegal, regardless of intent.
You can also be charged with a fraud crime for taking someone’s
money under false pretenses.
Request a FREE Consultation With a Drug Crime Lawyer in Houston
Ready to learn more?
Contact the Law Offices of Jed Silverman today at (713) 597-2221 to speak personally with an experienced Houston
drug crime attorney. We offer free and confidential case evaluations!