Getting convicted of a drug crime in Texas could have a significant impact on your life now and in the future. Penalties in the state are harsh, and the stigma of being convicted of this kind of crime could come back to haunt you for a long time.
If you're falsely accused of a drug crime in Texas, that's something you'll want to defend yourself against right away. A wrongful conviction based on inaccurate testimonies or weak evidence could lead to serious consequences for you.
Wrongful convictions can happen for a number of reasons such as:
- Working with ineffective counsel
- Incentivized witness testimonies
- False confessions
- Prosecutorial misconduct or mistakes
- Police misconduct
- Police errors
- Erroneous eyewitness identification
- Questionable or inaccurate forensic testimony or evidence
You should know that many of these things could impact your case, which is why it's important to choose an attorney you trust to help eliminate the risk of bias and errors affecting your case.
What are the penalties you could face for drug charges in Texas?
Convictions can range from misdemeanors to felonies in Texas. Did you know that the minimum punishment for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances is no less than 180 days in jail? You can also be fined up to $10,000 for the lowest felony. The maximum penalty is confinement for life (no more than 99 years but no less than 15). Fines can be up to $250,000 for the most serious cases.
Simply possessing drugs (at the felony level) can have a maximum penalty of up to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 in the most serious cases. Maximum penalties for misdemeanors range from fines between $500 and $4000. You could also be jailed up to a year for a Class A misdemeanor or up to 180 days for a Class B misdemeanor.
On top of this, you could face additional charges for reckless or intoxicated behavior, which is why people facing charges often have more than one against them. Being falsely accused of using drugs could also result in your being accused of intending to sell or transport them. That's why you want to start defending yourself early on in your case. Your attorney's job is to make sure that you face only fair charges and penalties, and they will work hard to reduce the penalties you could face if convicted.