Diaz Law Firm

Fort Worth Drug Defense Lawyer

Aggressive Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

Even 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 Lawyer

If 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 On

You 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.

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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
  • Distribution
  • Importation
  • 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:

  • Heroin
  • Cannabis
  • 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

Fort Worth Traffic Tickets and Violations

Tickets are some of the most common cases. In fact, if you receive a ticket, you may not think twice about it. However, tickets shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Many violations result in “points” on your drivers’ license. For each point, you have to pay an annual fine. These points can take years to fall off your record.

After receiving a ticket, you have two options: Pay the ticket or show up in court (the court date is specified on your ticket). If you do neither, you face additional, more serious charges.

Paying a ticket is considered an immediate admission of guilt.

Our attorneys can help you fight your ticket or advocate for lighter penalties. With the help of a criminal defense lawyer, you can minimize fees, exclude a ticket from your driving record, or even have your case dismissed.

Drunk Driving, DUIs, and DWIs in Texas

Drunk Driving, DUIs, and DWIs in Texas

Call us immediately if you’re facing DUI or DWI charges. Fort Worth regulations state that drivers must request a hearing within 15 days of their DUI to fight for their license.

If you’ve already waited longer than 15 days, you should still call an experienced Fort Worth criminal defense attorney. You might lose your license, but could still avoid high fines, jail time, and other impactful consequences.

A DUI or DWI in Fort Worth can result in a prison sentence (even if it’s your first offense). Even if you’re not facing jail time, you may be required to surrender your license or pay thousands in fines. Additionally, a DUI or DWI can limit your future employment opportunities.

At Diaz Law Firm, we understand the complexities of Texas driving laws. We’ve helped many clients reach a satisfactory verdict. We’ve also seen many cases dismissed without charges. We will listen to the details of your case to understand your specific circumstances. Then, we’ll plan a strategy for defending your rights and protecting your freedom.

Domestic Violence or Abuse

Sexual Assault, Public Indecency, & Other Sexual Offenses

Domestic Violence or Abuse

Unfortunately, domestic violence charges can seriously impact your life. At their worst, these charges can result in loss of child custody, jail time, and felony on your record, among other consequences.

At Diaz Law Firm, we understand that family matters are complex. Sometimes, domestic abuse accusations are attempts to gain child custody or take revenge for an offense. Other times, they’re caused by misunderstandings or emotional outbursts. These actions don’t always merit jail time or a felony record. However, these charges can be difficult to fight.

Our team of criminal defense lawyers is experienced in family violence charges. We understand the ways Fort Worth courts tend to approach domestic abuse cases. As a result, we hold a number of successful strategies for defending your rights. Our attorneys will help you present the truth of your situation regardless of the opposition’s claims.

We also grasp the emotional difficulties of defending yourself against accusations from a loved one. We’ll treat your case with sensitivity, empathy, and professionalism. We’ll stand by you step by step, day by day, until your case is resolved.

Sexual Assault, Public Indecency, & Other Sexual Offenses

If you’ve been accused of sexual crimes, contact a Texas criminal defense lawyer immediately. These charges can carry lifelong consequences. Jail time, sexual offender registration, and a felony record are all possible outcomes of a conviction on sexual charges.

When discussing your case, our criminal defense lawyers always work with professionalism. We understand investigations can feel embarrassing or violating. At our Texas law firm, our goal is to support you in retelling your experience of the circumstances accurately in order to reach a satisfactory solution.

Our firm understands that sexual charges are complex. We work with each client to truly understand their situation. Accusations can arise out of misunderstandings, mistakes, or different experiences of the same set of circumstances. For example, you may not be aware that your partner felt pressured or coerced into a sexual situation. Other times, sexual offenses arise because you were unaware of specific Texas laws (such as incest or public indecency). We’ll listen to your side of the story and help you fight for a satisfactory outcome.

Sexual offenses in Fort Worth, Texas can include:

  • Offering or receiving payment for sexual services
  • Engaging in sexual conduct in a public place
  • Pressuring another individual to engage in sexual activities
  • Engaging in sexual conduct with a minor

Not all sexual cases result in convictions. Some cases are successful in proving a client’s innocence. Other cases are simply dismissed, resulting in no conviction and no criminal record. Our attorneys will explain the best strategy for your particular situation.

When you’re facing sexual offense charges, you need an attorney with skill and discretion. Contact our office to find out how our experienced Texas criminal defense lawyers can protect you.

Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, & Other Drug Crimes

Various Felony Charges in Fort Worth Texas

Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, & Other Drug Crimes

Drug crimes can range from simple to complex, but most carry significant charges. In Texas, even a misdemeanor drug conviction can result in several months in prison and several thousand in fines. More serious charges carry up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and life sentences in prison.

It’s important to contact a lawyer immediately after a drug charge. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to reduce or avoid jail time, fines, and a criminal record. If you want to protect your freedom and your future, call our office today.

Various Felony Charges in Fort Worth Texas

Many of the crimes mentioned above can result in a felony. A range of other criminal charges can result in felony jail time and a criminal record.

Felonies are serious, life-changing convictions. A felony can affect many areas, including your:

  • Child custody
  • Employment
  • Admission to graduate schools
  • Right to own a firearm
  • Right to vote
  • Right to run for public office

In Texas, some of these rights can be contested in court or restored to you after a period of time. However, it’s important to take a felony charge seriously from the beginning. Some felony penalties include several years or decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

It’s vital to start preparing your defense as soon as possible. Contact our office today to talk with a skilled Fort Worth attorney about the right strategy for protecting your rights.

Texas 3G Crimes

Texas 3G Crimes

3G offenses are some of the most serious criminal charges. If you or someone you love has been accused of a 3G crime, reach out to a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

If you are convicted of a 3G offense, you face mandatory jail time. You will not be allowed parole until you have served at least half of your sentence. With a 3G charge, it’s especially important to have the right lawyer by your side.

In some cases, innocent individuals are falsely accused of 3G crimes. These cases mandate an aggressive approach. Our attorneys are skilled in exposing the truth in these situations.

Not sure whether your case qualifies as a 3G offense? Call our office. We’ll gladly answer your questions and help you determine the best next steps.

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
innocence.

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
expensive legal experience to work for you.
 

Call or message today. Our team is standing by and the initial
consultation is always free.

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