The first thing you should do if you are charged with drug possession in Texas is to cooperate with the cops. Fighting with a police officer only adds to your problems. Assault on a police officer is a felony. Exercise your right to remain silent. Use your phone call to contact an experienced attorney.
The state law has a variety of penalties for possession of controlled substances or marijuana. All possessions of drugs come with jail time and fines ranging from $2,000 to $250,000. Manufacturing or distributing drugs comes with additional fines and time in jail. The police officer may charge you with a misdemeanor or felony depending on the quantity and type of drug involved.
Remember, the state does not classify marijuana as a controlled substance. Possession of marijuana often results in lower penalties than other drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Low-THC cannabis meeting the thresholds currently outlined in the law are exempt. Peyote use by Native Americans in a religious ceremony may have an exemption under the law.
The prosecuting attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knew about the drugs and knew they were illegal to possess. The prosecuting attorney may bring additional charges such as theft for prescription drugs not belonging to the defendant.
There are many defenses available for drug offenders. An adult and a juvenile have different expectations under the law. An experienced criminal attorney uses the best defense to limit the charges as much as possible for you. Their job is to defend you and help you navigate the legal system.