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Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

If you are arrested or charged with possession, distribution, or manufacture of an illegal drug you need to find a criminal defense attorney that is familiar with drug offenses and knows how a particular county feels about drug offenses (some counties are more conservative than others). The lawyers at Gunter, Bennett and Anthes handle the smallest of drug charges such as possession of marijuana to serious felony drug cases like possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Based in Austin, we are familiar with the each prosecutor’s office in the Central Texas area.

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Marijuana is a common drug offense and the level of the offense varies depending on how much marijuana a person has in their possession. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia usually involves some apparatus associated with marijuana use (though it can be associated with other drugs as well). Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. Possession of Marijuana is a Class B Misdemeanor when the amount possessed is less than two ounces. Possession of two to four ounces of marijuana raises the offense level to a Class A Misdemeanor. The punishment ranges increase from there. Also, the level of offense increases if someone is within 1000 feet of a school or other drug-free zone.

Tickets for Possession of Marijuana

If you have received a ticket in Travis County for Possession of Marijuana, the offense is no less serious and still a Class B Misdemeanor. You must report to Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 by the date on your ticket. Judge Evans will see you, sign a personal bond, and have you report to the bonding desk in the courthouse. At the bonding desk your fingerprints and picture will be taken. You will also be given a court date. This process can take half a day and will be very boring. Make sure you bring something to read.

Possession of Controlled Substances

There are many drug crimes other than possession of marijuana that go under the umbrella of possession of controlled substance offenses. For example, an arrest for possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine, or ecstasy requires the assistance of a drug lawyer who is familiar with the drug laws in Texas. The Texas Health and Safety Code classifies drugs according to penalty groups. The punishment range for each penalty group is also set out by the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Ramifications of a Drug Conviction

As if being convicted of a crime is not enough, it is important to know that a conviction for a drug offense may trigger other problems. A drug conviction often results in a driver’s license suspension and driver’s license surcharge in a manner similar to a DWI conviction. If you are a student, drug convictions (including Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) can interfere with student loans and grants. You may also have a problem with government assisted housing if you are convicted of a drug offense.
There are numerous drug programs in throughout the Central Texas Area that allow a person to receive drug counseling and will often result in your case being dismissed. Depending on each client’s particular situation this may be an option. If you are charged with a drug offense please call our office so that we may advise you further.