El Paso Attorney Providing Sophisticated Defense to Clients Charged with a Drug Crime
Representing individuals in state and federal court
Being charged with any type of drug-related crime is a serious offense. Whether the crime you are accused of is considered a felony or a misdemeanor, you can be looking at heavy fines and jail time, which can have a serious effect on your personal and professional well-being. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we defend the rights of clients charged with drug crimes throughout El Paso County. With more than 15 years of legal experience to his credit, including time as a prosecutor and a judge, our attorneys know how the Texas legal system works and uses his knowledge to protect your constitutional rights in state or federal court.
Defending you in a wide variety of drug crime cases
The definition of a drug crime covers a wide variety of related offenses. At our firm, our experienced criminal defense attorney defends clients who have been charged with a number of different crimes, including:
- Possession — You can be charged with drug possession if you are caught with one or more different types of illegal drugs, either for personal use or with the intent to sell. The severity of the crime depends on the drugs involved and the amount in your possession when you were caught.
- Trafficking — If you have been caught moving large quantities of drugs, you can be charged with drug trafficking in either state or federal court, depending on your specific situation. This is a far more serious crime than possession, which is usually more focused on amounts for personal use.
- Distribution — To be charged with distribution, you must be physically caught in the act of selling drugs. The severity and the potential penalties associated with a distribution charge depend on the amount and type of drugs with which you were caught.
- Manufacturing — Drug manufacturing is a crime that includes the possession of both illegal drugs and the equipment to create the drugs.
Felony or misdemeanor charges
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, a drug crime can be considered either a felony or a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors can only carry with them a maximum of six months in prison and a moderate fine. Felony penalties, on the other hand, can include heavier fines and a possible life sentence in prison. Charges such as light drug possession are mostly considered misdemeanors on your first offense, while more serious trafficking and manufacturing crimes are often labeled as felonies.
Handling crimes related to your drug case
Often, being charged with a drug crime carries with it other charges as well. At our firm we help you with any offense related to your drug crime, including:
- Money laundering — Concealing the source of any money you have gained through illegal means is a common crime with which to be charged, with along with a drug offense. Our firm is ready to defend your rights in court against both charges.
- Conspiracy — If you conspire to commit a drug crime with another person, or talk about a crime with a known drug criminal, you can be charged with conspiracy without ever possessing, selling or being under the influence of drugs. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to get charges like this either reduced or thrown out altogether.
Get the drug crimes defense you need today
Call Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC today at 915-201-0590 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation if you have been charged with a drug crime in El Paso County. Our office is located in El Paso, Texas, right across the street from the federal courthouse.