Denton Drug Crimes Lawyers
Effective Defense in Denton County
Both state and federal governments consider drug crimes to be serious offenses. As such, the prosecutor in charge of the case will expend the necessary resources to attempt to obtain a conviction. Whether the crime is charged as a state or federal offense, the conviction penalties can be steep and may alter the course of your life for years. Because defending yourself against a drug crime accusation requires going up against a formidable opponent and navigating the complex legal system, you need skilled defense on your side throughout your case. An attorney can help you understand the process, the potential penalties, and your legal options, all while seeking an optimal result for you.
At Marsala Law Group, our Denton drug crimes lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience and have handled thousands of cases. We fight aggressively in even the most complex matters and have a track record of results. If you've been charged with a state or federal controlled substances offense, you can be confident that we will handle your matter effectively. Our team understands the impacts of a criminal charge and conviction, which is why we will deliver personalized attention from the beginning of your case until its conclusion. When you turn to us, we will focus 100% on your matter and maintain open communication. If you have a question or concern at any time, you can trust that we will provide an honest and realistic answer.
What Are Controlled Substances?
Controlled substances are those that are regulated by state or federal governments. They may include illegal drugs, such as cocaine, as well as prescription medications, such as Ritalin. A person can be charged with a drug crime involving a prescription medication if they don't have a valid prescription for it.
The Texas government, as well as the federal government, categorize drugs into 5 schedules: I, II, III, IV, and V. Although when determining penalties for drug crimes convictions, Texas splits controlled substances into Penalty Groups: 1, 1-A, 2, 2-A, 3, and 4.
Various factors determine what schedule a controlled substance will be classified into. These include, among other things, the drug's:
- Potential for abuse
- Medical use
- Potential risk to public health
- Psychic or psychological dependency
Are Drug Crimes Misdemeanors or Felonies?
Under both state and federal laws, various types of conduct can be considered drug crimes. For instance, possession of a controlled substance is illegal, as is the manufacture or distribution of a drug. These offenses can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. The level depends on several factors, such as the drug involved, the amount of the substance, and the specifics of the circumstances.
For example, under Texas law, it's a Class A misdemeanor to possess less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 drug. However, it's a second-degree felony to have between 200 and 400 grams of that same substance. A person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor can face up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. In contrast, a second-degree felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Looking at federal laws, possessing a Schedule V drug is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000. However, if someone has 1 kilogram or more of heroin, they may be charged with a felony and be imprisoned for up to life and/or fined up to $10,000,000.
Types of Drug Crimes Cases We Handle
At Marsala Law Group, our Denton drug crimes attorneys know what it takes to fight charges.
We handle various drug crimes cases, including:
- Date rape drug accusations
- Drug dealing
- Drug paraphernalia possession
- Drug possession
- Federal drug crimes
If you're facing allegations, schedule a free consultation to discuss your circumstances.
Delivering the Defense You Need
Being charged with a drug crime can be frightening and stressful. We recognize this, which is why we make ourselves personally available to the people we serve. We also truly care about the outcome of your case and provide sincere advocacy throughout.
A.G. – Denton Misdemeanor Assault Family Violence Not Guilty
State presented seven eye-witnesses to dispute our claim of self-defense.
A.P.G. – Denton Aggravated Sex Assault of Child & 3 Counts of Indecency with a Child Not Guilty - Jury Trial
C.D. – Denton Felony Violation of Protective Order Case Dismissed
Dismissed and we are now suing the arresting agency.
Clay County-DWI 2nd and Resisting Arrest Dismissed
Dallas County - Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Dismissed
Denton County - Felony Theft Dismissed
Denton County - Motion to Revoke Probation Reduced Charge
Dr. J.B. – DWI with Multiple Drug Charges Cases Dismissed
All drug cases dismissed as well as a subsequent DWI while the client was on Probation.
Dr. R.C. – Tarrant DWI Not Guilty
E.D.M. Denton Felony Assault with Priors Reduced to Misdemeanor Time-Served
Charge reduced; client served one day in jail.
Honest Legal Counsel
We firmly believe honesty is the best policy. Our team will provide you with transparent updates and realistic outcomes.
Personalized Attention & Service
Each case and each client is different. We provide focused representation that is specific to your case and your needs.
Available 24/7 for You
Our lead attorney is personally available to each and every client. We are there for you day or night.
We Care About the Outcome
We truly care about each and every client. We understand this is a vulnerable time in your life and we are committed to being with you every step of the way.