According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 10.1 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2014. Even more individuals choose to use drugs without ever getting behind the wheel. Although drug use is more common than most people would like to admit, the reality is that being caught with illicit substances can still have very serious consequences.

Understanding Texas Drug Crimes

You may think that using and carrying around your drug of choice is no big deal. In some states that might be true. But in Texas your entire future could be at risk if you’re charged with drug possession. Depending on the type of drugs found in your pockets, your car, your home, your luggage or even your backpack, you may face different penalties. Whether you’re accused of possessing cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, prescription drugs, or marijuana, you could face harsh punishments that might include large fines and serious prison time. If convicted, your driver’s license could be suspended. If convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance, it could be extremely difficult for you to find a job and housing. Ultimately, one drug charge could change your whole life.

What to Do if You’re Arrested for Possession of Drugs

If you’re arrested, stay calm and be respectful of law enforcement. That doesn’t mean volunteering information; it simply means keeping your wits about you. Don’t argue with law enforcement, you will lose. Give the officer your name, date of birth and photo ID. But otherwise invoke your right to stay silent and refuse the search.  Be polite and smart, don’t answer questions until you obtain legal counsel. Never consent to the search of your person, vehicle, home or belongings. Because of the serious consequences you could face, it’s imperative that you hire a smart reputable drug lawyer. Your attorneys can ensure that your rights are protected and that you won’t make any mistakes that can hurt your chances in court.

Whether it’s marijuana or meth, a misdemeanor or felony, you need a lawyer. Trying to fight these charges by yourself will never work in your favor. You deserve help from a lawyer who has the experience to craft a superior defense. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact the law offices of Mary Beth Harrell today!