According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, over 808,000 arrests were made in Texas in 2016. Of those arrests, more 144,000 (or about 17.6%) involved the manufacture or possession of drugs. Breaking it down even further,
- 67,733 of these arrests involved marijuana
- 31,651 involved opium or cocaine
- 22,038 involved synthetic narcotics
- 22,591 involved other dangerous and illegal drugs
To most Texans, the term “drug possession” is associated with possession of marijuana — which is historically the most common drug charge throughout the state. However, drug charges are also very common for those found with cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Methamphetamine, opioids, and other illegal substances.
Fighting Drug Possession Charges
The penalties for drug possession charges vary, but one important thing to note is that those penalties get worse when you are accused of related crimes, such as possession with intent to deliver, manufacture of controlled substances, or delivery of controlled substances.
The state of Texas takes each of these charges very seriously, with penalties ranging anywhere from $2,000 in fines to a life sentence in prison.
To fight back against any and all charges against you, the most important thing you can do right now is get an aggressive and experienced drug possession lawyer on your side. If your charge took place in Dallas County, attorney Tom Cox should be your first call.