Drug Crime Lawyer in El Paso
Texas Controlled Substance Laws & Penalties
When it comes to controlled substances, Texas has some of the most complex laws and harshest penalties in the country. Texas Penal Code and the Texas Controlled Substances Act outline the classification of and types of criminal charges and penalties associated with the unlawful possession, manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, and sale of controlled substances. A person could face anywhere from a few days in jail to life imprisonment for a drug crime conviction, depending on its severity.
If you are facing drug charges of any kind, we at Rafael C. Morales, Attorney at Law can offer the seasoned criminal defense counsel you need. Our founder, Rafael Morales, spent two years as a Federal Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol. He also spent six years as a Public Defender. He has dedicated his entire legal career to criminal defense and has never worked as a prosecutor. This laser focus has enabled him to build the skills and experience necessary to effectively challenge drug charges of any type or severity.
To find out how El Paso drug crime defense attorney Rafael Morales can help you, call (915) 800-8201. We offer a free consultation regarding your drug charges.
Possession of Marijuana / Possession of a Controlled Substance
Drug possession is a key focus of our firm and is one of the most commonly charged drug offenses in the El Paso area. It involves the unlawful possession of a controlled substance and will vary dramatically in terms of potential penalties based on the type and amount of drug involved.
Our firm deals with drug possession charges in the El Paso area involving any controlled substance, including:
- Hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP, peyote, or ketamine
- Narcotics such as opium, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, or oxycodone
- Depressants such as heroin, barbiturates, or inhalants
- Stimulants such as cocaine, speed, and others
- Prescription drugs
On the low end, drug possession may be a class A or class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. On the high end, drug possession could be a felony punishable by anywhere from 2 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Enhanced charges and penalties may apply for “possession with intent to distribute” – if significant amounts of a drug or certain paraphernalia (scales, measuring devices, cash) are found.