Drug Lawyer in Houston, TX
Ever since the “War on Drugs” began, arrests for drug related offenses have soared; police agencies have dedicated narcotics units, and regular patrol units make arrests for drugs daily. A conviction of a drug related crime can result in extremely lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, suspension of your driver’s license, as well as many other collateral consequences.
The severity of the offense and potential punishment range is determined by the type of drug, and the weight of that drug. Possession of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin are the most common, as well as prescription medications such as Xanax and hydrocodone if possessed without a prescription.
The presence of additional items such as scales or firearms, as well as how the drugs are packaged when found, can also increase the severity of the offense from simple possession to possession with the intent to deliver, which again, increases the range of punishment that you could face.
Drug cases almost always involve some sort of search or seizure by law enforcement, so the 4th Amendment is almost always at play. The 4th Amendment guarantees that we are to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; Often times, law enforcement does not “find” drugs in a lawful manner, or another way to say it is that they conducted an unreasonable or unlawful search or seizure in order to get to the drugs. When this happens, the law says the unlawfully obtained evidence shall be suppressed, meaning that the police don’t get to use that evidence against you at your trial! No evidence means no proof!
Wade B. Smith is intimately familiar with the 4th Amendment and the case law surrounding searches and seizures. Just like every other case we handle, we will start with an independent and thorough investigation of the case and the officers involved, and we will analyze every angle of it to see if your rights were violated.
If you’ve been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, or any other drug related charge, call the Law Office of Wade B. Smith today. We will schedule a consultation, and Wade will personally meet with you as soon as possible to confidentially discuss your case.
Contact us at 281-755-2603
TIP: NEVER consent to a search of your person, a bag, your vehicle, or your home. Insist that the officer get a warrant.