Fort Worth Drug Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Drug Crime Defense LawyerEven the most law-abiding residents of Fort Worth can find themselves in sticky situations. From being in the wrong place at the wrong time to misunderstandings and other circumstances where drugs are involved, if you’ve found yourself in legal hot water you need a drug defense lawyer. From investigations to arrests and drug charges, hire a drug defense attorney with the experience and a track record of results to protect your rights, interests and good name. Our award-winning law firm is comprised of talented criminal defense lawyers experienced in navigating the complexities of the Fort Worth legal system and mounting aggressive, results-oriented defense strategies that help clients achieve the best outcome for their case. Call or message our firm today. The initial consultation is always FREE.
Experienced Drug Crimes Defense LawyerIf you’ve been accused of a drug crime, a lot is at stake. Your reputation, good standing in the community, future employment opportunities, criminal record, and your very freedom. Drug offenses are taken seriously in Fort Worth, with convictions carrying steep penalties ranging from excessive fines to lengthy prison time. With Manual Diaz Law Firm, PC, you’ll be working with a talented drug crime defense lawyer who brings decades of experience to the courtroom and is who is backed by an award-winning law firm that has a track record of winning.
A Fort Worth Criminal Defense Firm You Can Count OnYou need a reliable law firm with a history of always doing right by their clients. Put some of the best drug attorneys in your corner by contacting us today. Retain the services of an experienced defense lawyer who will help protect your rights and minimize any potential criminal charges, convictions and penalties. Founding attorney, Manuel Diaz, is certified by the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. He is also director of the Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association and comes backed with an indisputable track record of helping his clients win favorable outcomes both in and out of court. Call or message today and schedule a free initial consultation.
Defense Strategy Against Drug Charges
Being charged with a crime can feel like you’re in a hopeless situation. With the right lawyer on your side, you have a good chance of effectively fighting these charges, clearing your name or obtaining a favorable outcome.
We are passionate and committed to doing everything we can for our clients, with a primary goal of getting charges dropped, suspended, or reduced. Put our extensive experience and expert negotiation skills to work for you. In situations where the charges stick, we can advocate for a favorable plea deal that avoids jail time, or prepare for trial.
Potential Defense Tactics to Support Your Case Include Exploring:
- Violation of Procedures
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Prove that the drugs did not belong to you
- Prove the drugs were not in your possession
- Contend that you were unaware of drugs on your premises or property
- Raise issues with the crime lab analysis findings or process
- Missing drugs (i.e. law enforcement loses their evidence)
- The possibility that the drugs were planted
- Claim entrapment
- Medical exception
- Demonstrate an improper chain of custody of evidence
- And more…
Texas Controlled Substances Act
Prescription and illicit drugs are regulated under federal and state laws are referred to as “controlled substances”. Controlled substances are subject to regulations regarding possession, sale, distribution and manufacturing.
What is a Controlled Substance?
In Texas, these drugs fall under the Texas Controlled Substances Act as well as the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
The Texas Controlled Substances Act Defines a “controlled substance” as:
“A substance, including a drug, an adulterant, and a diluent listed in Schedules I through V or Penalty Group 1, 1-A, 2, 2-A, 3, or 4. The term includes the aggregate weight of any mixture, solution, or other substance containing a controlled substance.”
The CSA defines a “controlled substance” as:
“A drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of this subchapter. The term does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco, as those terms are defined or used in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”
Under the CSA, drugs are classified into various groupings referred to as “Schedules”, while the Texas Controlled Substance Act groups them under “penalty Groups”.
Drug Penalty Groups for Controlled Substances in Texas
Chapter 481 of the Health and Safety Code groups drugs into six unique “penalty groups”.
Penalty Group 1: Cocaine, GHB, methamphetamine and oxycodone
Penalty Group 1A: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and any analogs
Penalty Group 2: 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine (Ecstasy, MDMA, Molly) and PCP (phencyclidine)
Penalty Group 2A: Any preparation, material, solution, compound or mixture that contains any quality of a synthetic or natural substance.
Penalty Group 3: Alprazolam (Xanax), Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Diazepam (Valium), and Zolpidem (Ambien)
Penalty Group 4: Any preparation, material, solution, compound or mixture that contains limited amounts of narcotics.
Controlled Substance Schedules Under Federal CSA
The CSA classifies drugs under “Schedules”. These five distinct categories define the drugs’ acceptable medical use, the potential for abuse and dependency potential. It is important to note that the specific drug does not need to be listed under a “schedule” to be considered a member of that scheduled class. For example, analogues of a scheduled drug are also regulated under the CSA.
Schedule I: Defined as drugs with no currently acceptable and approved medical use, that also have a high potential for dependency. Examples: Marijuana (cannabis), LSD, heroin, MDMA/Ecstasy, Peyote, Methaqualone
Schedule II: Includes drugs considered “dangerous”, with a high potential for abuse, and that have the potential to cause serious physical and/or psychological harm. Examples Include:
Products containing less than 15 mg of cocaine, methamphetamine, hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone, meperidine, hydromorphone, Dexedrine, Fentanyl, Adderall and Ritalin.
Schedule III: Includes those drugs determined to have a low to moderate potential for psychological or physical dependence. Examples Include: Products that contain less than 90mg of ketamine, codeine, testosterone and other anabolic steroids.
Schedule IV: Includes those drugs considered to have a low potential for abuse and dependence. Examples Include: Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Tramadol, Soma, Darvocet, Darvon, Ambien, Talwin.
Schedule V: Includes those drugs consisting of limited amounts of narcotics and with a lower potential for abuse than those in Schedule IV. Examples Include: Cough preparations containing less than 200mg per 100 milliliters of Codeine, Lyrica, Motofen, Lomotil and Parepectolin.
Criminal Charges Under Controlled Substance Acts
Drug offenses involving controlled substances are subject to substantial penalties ranging from fines and probation to felony charges and prison time.
The specific criminal offense and corresponding charge, amount and type of drug, whether or not it involved interstate issues, and other factors play a large role in the potential sentencing that those convicted could face.
Common Types of Drug Charges in Fort Worth, TX
- The sale of illicit drugs
- The sale of controlled substances
- Possession with intent to distribute or sell drugs
- Transportation of a controlled substance
- Cultivation of plants used in the production or manufacturing of drugs
- Manufacturing or production
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of chemicals necessary for drug manufacturing
- Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription
Drug cases can be complex. Don’t get lost in the criminal justice system. Hire a capable criminal drug attorney who will fight hard for your freedom. Call or send a message today and connect with a top-rated law firm eager to go to bat on your behalf. Remember, the initial consultation is always free.
Common Types of Drug Related Charges in Fort Worth
We represent clients facing a broad range of criminal charges related to drugs. From simple possession, to production and distribution, we stand ready and prepared to aggressively defend your innocence.
Common Drugs Involved in Charges Include:
- Hallucinogens (LSD, psychedelic mushrooms)
- Cocaine and Crack
- Meth (methamphetamines)
- Ecstasy / Molly
- Prescription drugs (without a prescription)
- And more…
Factors that Impact Sentencing if Convicted in Fort Worth
Although each case is unique, these factors generally paly a large role in how your case is treated, the types of charges alleged, and the corresponding potential sentences if convicted.
- The drugs involved (i.e. Schedule and/or penalty group)
- The quality of drugs involved
- Whether or not the drug offense was part of another crime
- The intent of the individual (distribution, sales or personal use)
- The geographical location where the alleged offense took place (i.e. crimes committed near schools or daycare centers may be treated more harshly)
Types of Criminal Defense at Diaz Law Firm
Fort Worth Traffic Tickets and Violations
Drunk Driving, DUIs, and DWIs in Texas
Domestic Violence or Abuse
Sexual Assault, Public Indecency, & Other Sexual Offenses
Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, & Other Drug Crimes
Various Felony Charges in Fort Worth Texas
Texas 3G Crimes
Fort Worth Drug Defense Lawyer in Texas – Our service areas
We proudly serve the greater communities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio
Skilled and Committed Drug Defense Lawyers Ready to Defend you in and Out of Court
No matter if this is your first run in with law enforcement for
simple possession, a serious distribution charge, or a recurring issue for you,
we believe that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. There are
two sides to every story, let us tell yours and advocate hard for your
No matter the seriousness of the charges, we’re ready to step up
and fight tooth and nail to secure you a favorable outcome. Put our decades of
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