Being found guilty of drug possession in Texas can lead to life-altering consequences. Depending on the type of drug that you were found guilty of possessing, the quantity of the drug you were found with and the circumstances of the incident, you may need to serve time in jail, serve probation and pay hefty fines.
The good news is that everyone has the right to defend themselves. The purpose of a successful defense is to effectively tell your side of the story to the courts so that a favorable outcome can be achieved. In order to build the most successful defense possible, it is necessary to look into the different types of defenses that may be available to you.
Admit that you have an addiction
Those who openly admit that they have addiction problems and want to recover may be treated more favorably by the courts. In many cases, defendants will be offered a rigorous treatment program. If they are successful in this treatment program, charges may be dismissed.
Argue that the drugs belong to someone else
Although drugs may have been found in your car, suitcase or apartment, this does not necessarily mean that you own them. You may be able to explain to the courts that the true owner of the drugs planted them within your belongings.
The seized substance is not what it seems
If law enforcement officials found white powder in a plastic bag and decided to arrest you, they will be doing so under the suspicion that the substance is an illegal drug. However, the substance will need to go through lab testing to verify whether it is, in fact, illegal. You may be able to defend yourself by showing that the substance is not what it seems.
Unlawful search and seizure
If law enforcement officials entered your home and seized drugs without a permit, they may be breaching your Fourth Amendment rights. If you are able to prove this, it’s probable that all charges will be dismissed.
If you want to avoid facing serious consequences as a result of being found with drugs in Texas, it is important that you take immediate action so that you can defend yourself. By understanding the law in more detail, you will have a greater chance of getting a successful result.