Defending Yourself Against Drug Possession Charges

Texas has strict laws regarding illegal drug use, and even a seemingly minor offense can be met with strict punishments. If you are facing drug charges, there are three main things that can impact the charges:

  1. The type of drug in your possession
  2. The amount of drugs found in your possession
  3. Any surrounding circumstances, such as your location, intentions or additional drug paraphernalia found on your person

Depending on these factors, penalties can escalate from misdemeanors to felony charges. And in some cases, you may find yourself facing federal drug charges simply because of certain circumstances.

Be Aware Of Pretextual Stops

Drug charges can arise because of other crimes. Speeding or driving with a burned-out headlight can lead to a routine traffic stop, which can then lead to possible drug charges if an officer suspects criminal activity. It's important to remember you have rights, and police still need probable cause or a warrant to search your vehicle during routine traffic stops.

Prater & Ridley – We Put A Strong Defense On Your Side

Even though the burden of proof is on prosecutors to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly and intentionally were in possession of a controlled substance, it's still necessary to retain aggressive legal counsel to ensure the fullest protection of your rights.

At the law office of Prater & Ridley Attorneys At Law, we are committed to aggressively protecting your rights and working to mitigate the charges or punishments you're facing.

Attorney Patrick J. Ridley has decades of experience in criminal defense, and has successfully handled countless cases for a variety of crimes. Attorney Ridley knows what's at stake, and he will not only help you understand the charges and penalties you're facing, he will also fight to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

Protect Your Freedom, Future And Criminal Record

If you were arrested for drug possession in Bell County or elsewhere in Central Texas, turn to Prater & Ridley Attorneys At Law. We can put more than 60 years of experience in your corner. We know how to build the strong defense you need to fight back against possession of marijuana and other illegal-drug charges.

Contact us now to take advantage of an initial consultation with one of our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers. Call our office in Temple at 254-773-9081. You can also contact us through this convenient online form.