Being charged with any type of drug-related crime is a serious situation. 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 Texas and New Mexico. With more than 80 years of legal experience to their credit, our El Paso drug crime attorneys provide the level of counsel you need in the face of serious criminal charges. Additionally, our managing partner, Bill Hicks, is a former prosecutor and judge. He and the rest of our team know how the Texas legal system works and use this knowledge to protect our clients’ constitutional rights in state and federal court.
Accused of a drug crime? Call (915) 206-5154 for a free case evaluation and find out how we can help.
Types of Drug Crimes
Drug crimes cover a wide variety of offenses involving controlled substances, including both prescription and street drugs. We defend clients who have been charged with various drug-related offenses, 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 allegedly in your possession.
- Trafficking: If you have been accused of 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, and may involve a sentence of years or decades in prison.
- 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.
- Manufacturing: Drug manufacturing is a crime that includes the possession of illegal drugs and the equipment to create such drugs. Operating a meth lab is an example of a drug manufacturing offense.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor Drug 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 county jail sentence 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.
Other Crimes Related to Drug Charges
Often, being charged with a drug crime carries with it other charges as well. Our El Paso drug crime lawyers can help you with any offense related to drug charges, including:
- Money Laundering: Concealing the source of any money you have gained through illegal means is a common crime charged along with a drug offense. Our firm is ready to defend your rights in court against both charges.
- Conspiracy: If you are accused of conspiring 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.
Secure an immediate and aggressive defense against your drug charges. Call (915) 206-5154 today!