Criminal records are widely available to the general public, and most people don’t care about the circumstances surrounding a conviction – even if you weren’t actually guilty. A drug conviction can make it difficult to find a job, get a loan, obtain a scholarship, rent an apartment, buy a house, etc. Beyond those difficulties, penalties for drug crimes tend to be severe, especially when they result in a probation violation. Whether you’re facing a lifetime in jail or a lifetime homeless and jobless, you need an experienced drug lawyer to help you obtain a favorable result.
Severe Drug Fines & Penalties
Texas is known for strict laws regarding drugs; the penalties for low-level drug users in possession of a controlled substance can result in high fines and jail time. In fact, since 1999, arrests for drug crimes have increased dramatically, and the majority of arrests have been of drug users rather than drug dealers or drug traffickers. The statistics include those individuals who have become addicted to prescription drugs such as morphine.
Up to a life sentence in prison, Fine up to $50,000
Incarceration Alternatives for Drug Crimes
Alternatives to incarceration are available for first offenders and individuals addicted to drugs. Texas Drug Courts are available to defendants convicted of a non-violent offense who have been determined to be responsive to treatment. Additionally, some cases may qualify the defendant for a special form of probation called “deferred adjudication,” which can result in a case being dismissed and charges being expunged after probation. Participation in treatment programs can also be a way to reduce your punishment.
Call Expert Fort Worth Drug Lawyer Justin Sparks
Involvement in drug activity often catapults drug addicts and first time offenders down a dark path of self-destruction with fewer opportunities for a better future. Justin Sparks is a former Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney and drug crimes attorney who understands that good people make mistakes but don’t deserve a lifetime of wasted opportunity. Justin has helped numerous clients get their lives back on track following drug arrests–contact him today for a free confidential consultation.
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.