Drug laws can be enforced strictly, at both the state and federal levels. It’s also true that sometimes circumstances can result in innocent people being swept up into drug arrests and others being charged with more severe crimes than is appropriate. When that happens, a Katy drug crimes lawyer has to be on hand to help make things right.
Cory Roth Law Office believes in the principle of innocence until proven guilty and we’ll fight with all the legal tools available to us on behalf of our clients. From our Katy office, we serve people across Fort Bend County and Harris County. Call today at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
3 TYPES OF DRUG CRIMES IN TEXAS
The possible drug offenses could be as basic as being caught with marijuana on one’s person or as serious as running an international heroin cartel. At these extremes, and everywhere else in between, drug crimes will generally fall into three categories…
Possession: As the name of the charge suggests, this means the defendant had the drugs anywhere from on their person to within reaching distance to under their control. Another facet of possession is the issue of intent to sell. Possession over and above certain quantities can be seen as indicators that the defendant had the drugs for the purpose of selling them. Intent to sell can bring more serious charges.
Manufacturing: The making of illegal drugs is also a crime, regardless of whether one consumes or profits from the product. Furthermore, it is illegal to sell the chemicals and equipment necessary to make the drugs. Although in the latter case, it’s incumbent on the prosecution to prove the defendant knew the reason for the purchase.
Trafficking: The phrase “trafficking” can bring to mind images of a worldwide ring and that is certainly one possible reason for a trafficking charge. But in reality, trafficking covers all sale of illegal drugs, right down to the street dealer who works a single neighborhood.
Depending on the specific drugs involved, the quantities and other circumstances, drug charges can be either felonies or misdemeanors. But it should be noted that even misdemeanor offenses can bring jail time if convicted.
The consequences of conviction are serious, but a sharp and vigorous Katy drug crimes lawyer has several avenues of defense available. Call Cory Roth Law Office at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
DEFENSES AGAINST AN ASSAULT CHARGE
Every circumstance will be different and it’s up to the Katy assault attorney to do their due diligence in investigating the incident. Generally speaking though, defense strategies can include the following…
- Self-Defense: Texas law gives everyone the right of self-defense. The criteria is that the defendant must have been an imminent danger. The jury will decide if feeling danger was reasonable given the circumstances, and the assault an appropriate response. The right of self-defense extends to the right to defend one’s property.
- Mistaken Identity: This defense might apply in situations where crowds were involved, such as at a bar or major outdoor event. In our era of cellphone video, reliable DNA evidence and other means of identification, a diligent defense lawyer has ways of working with a client who is facing unjust accusations.
- Severity of the Injuries: In cases where the defendant is guilty of the assault, it’s still possible that injuries have been exaggerated, turning what should be simple assault into an aggravated assault charge. Getting charges reduced is first and foremost about the criminal penalties. But convictions on assault can be used as the basis for a civil lawsuit against the defendant.
Challenging the severity of injuries up front in the criminal justice process can make the difference in potential damage awards in civil court.
Cory Roth Law Office is there for defendants no matter what. The promise of the American justice system is that everyone deserves a fair trial and to us, fairness means a truly aggressive and vigorous defense on behalf of every client who comes through our door.
Call today at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
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