The United States in involved in a War on Drugs or more accurately described as a war on people who do drugs and Texas is leading the charge. If you have been charged with possession of drugs or manufacture of a controlled substance, or intent to deliver, there are some things Fort Bend County Drug Lawyer Andy Nolen thinks you should know:
1. A drug conviction in Texas will result in the loss of your drivers license. That will then add surcharges and reinstatement fees that can run over $1000. You will also have to take the Drug Offender Education Program (D.O.E.P.).
This class is for individuals who have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug offense. This class will satisfy the requirement for education because of a suspended driver’s license. The standardized program is 15 hours in length taught in three-hour segments.
2. A conviction for drugs can result in your losing eligibility for certain types of federal financial aid for school. Some schools may expel you if the drug offense was committed on school property. So not only can you lose your drivers license, you may also lose your diploma.
3. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is almost a certainty that you will be tested for drugs at some point. That may be while your on bond and even the first time you go to court. Marijuana can stay in your system for up to 6 weeks. Products designed to beat the system do not work, so don’t rely on them. Don’t do drugs of any type while on bond or you risk having your bond revoked and going to jail. Also, you know appear to be an active drug user to the court making your case more difficult.
4. Drug residue such as microscopic amounts in a pipe or bag is a felony if it is a controlled substance. Marijuana must be a usable amount to be a crime.
5. The most common ways drug cases are beaten are either that there was an Illegal Search and Seizure or that there was lack of Affirmative Links between a defendant and the drugs. If the search was bad, the evidence can be suppressed. Affirmative Links arguments are situations like when there are 4 people in a car and the state can’t prove the drugs belonged to any particular person. Also known as, it was the other guy not me.
Fort Bend County Drug Lawyer Andy Nolen has used both of these techniques to have felony and misdemeanor drug cases dismissed.
6. The State must also prove that the drugs were in fact drugs. Insisting that the “drugs” in question were in fact drugs can sometimes get a case dismissed.
Fort Bend County Drug Lawyer Andy Nolen recently had a felony possession of a controlled substances charge dismissed after requiring the state to test the “x pill”. Turned out, it wasn’t ecstasy at all and the case was dismissed. The happy client had a very unhappy brother who was also charged with the same thing but had a court appointed lawyer who plead him guilty and he is now on 4 years felony probation for nothing! If he violates his probation, they won’t reconsider the evidence they will revoke him and incarcerate him.
Fort Bend County Drug Lawyer Andy Nolen has practiced law for 20 years and has represented over 3000 clients and had hundreds of cases dismissed. He has successfully helped people with all types of drug cases from possession of drug paraphernalia to multi kilo cocaine case. Please call Ft. Bend County Drug Attorney Andy Nolen to discuss your case for free at 713-697-4373.