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Understanding drug possession charges and what they mean for you

Texas readers know that facing criminal charges of any kind can be a direct threat to a person's personal freedom and interests. Drug charges range in type and severity, but regardless of the specific type of drug charge against you, it is beneficial to learn how you can defend yourself against this type of criminal offense.

Individuals facing drug possession charges face a range of penalties that can include time behind bars. The specific penalties you are up against depend on the charges filed against you, your criminal history and the nature of your individual situation. You have the right to defend yourself against drug possession charges, and you have the right to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible after an arrest.

How serious is a drug possession charge?

A drug possession charge can lead from simple fines and a few days in jail to significant penalties that can include years behind bars. A simple drug possession charge will have relatively minor penalties associated with a conviction, but there are several factors that increase the severity of the charge and the penalties that can come with a conviction.

Some of the factors, known as aggravating factors, that can increase the severity of a drug possession charge include the following:

  • Evidence of proof to distribute, cultivate, sell or traffic the drug
  • The defendant's criminal record and previous drug-related criminal convictions
  • The type of drug involved with your case and the amount of drug

It is possible to fight back against drug charges of any kind. If you are facing accusations of drug possession, you can take immediate action to secure defense counsel and start developing a way to build a strong and effective defense. You might think your case is hopeless and that there is no way you could ever fight these charges, but it is always prudent to know the legal options available to you.

Your defense can start today

You do not have to face drug charges alone. You can seek an evaluation of your case as soon as possible after an arrest, but you can also start working to protect your rights even if you are only under investigation.

When there are significant penalties that include time behind bars, expensive fines, loss of reputation and other negative consequences, you can work to preserve your interests, keep your record clean and protect your personal freedom.

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