Houston Drug Crime Lawyer
A drug crime is considered a criminal act that involves an illegal controlled substance or narcotic. If you have been accused or suspected of committing a drug crime in Harris County, you must contact an experienced and aggressive Houston drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible. Drug cases have the potential to be highly complex and to present numerous severe penalties if the defendant is convicted. A drug crime defense lawyer at the Law Office of David A. Breston in Houston will provide you with the level of experience you deserve.
Have a Houston Drug Charges Lawyer Represent You
Our Houston drug defense attorneys represent clients accused of drug and narcotics charges throughout Harris County. Whether you are charged with large-scale drug trafficking or simple possession of a controlled substance, our narcotics attorneys draw on years of experience. We can help you fight the charges and, if necessary, secure an effective drug treatment program.
Call the Law Office of David A. Breston immediately if you are facing charges of any type of drug crime. Without the representation of a skilled attorney, it is not likely that you will be able to successfully defend yourself from a wrongful conviction. Drug crimes are severely punished with lengthy prison sentences, so don’t take chances.
Types of Drug Crimes
In Texas, there are a number of illegal drugs that are commonly used to commit a drug crime, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, and crystal meth. Drug charges defense attorney, David A. Breston, has handled countless cases involving these types of drugs, and can competently defend clients charged with the following drug crimes:
- Possesion of a controlled substance
- Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Trafficking and distribution
- Driving under the influence of drugs
It is also considered a drug crime to use a prescription or over-the-counter drug for an illegal purpose. A drug crime conviction will result in serious legal ramifications, including long-term jail and prison sentences, probation, large fines, mandatory drug treatment, community service, driver’s license suspension, and a mark on your permanent record. In addition, a drug crime conviction can seriously damage your reputation and destroy your relationship with your family and friends.
Texas Drug Crime Statistics
Drug crimes are common in the state of Texas, from manufacturing to possession to sales. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, police officers arrest thousands of people every year on these charges. The Texas Crime Report for 2018 provides the following statistics on drug crimes in the state.
- 125,754 arrests for drug possession occurred in 2018, along with 128,003 arrests in 2017.
- 22,693 arrests occurred for drug sale and manufacturing in 2018 – an 18% increase in the crime from 2017, when 19,228 arrests occurred.
- Police officers in Texas seized approximately 10,118 pounds of heroin, 165,232 pounds of marijuana, and 17,098 pounds of cocaine during 2018.
- Other common drugs seized by Texas law enforcement include codeine, morphine, and hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP, mushrooms, and peyote. Texas police officers also charged individuals with the possession, abuse, and manufacturing of drugs such as barbiturates, amphetamines, and tranquilizers.
- Approximately 58.4% of drug sale and manufacturing arrests involved synthetic narcotics in 2018, including methadone, pentazocine, and the incredibly deadly and dangerous drug fentanyl.
- 1% of drug sale and manufacturing arrests involved marijuana, 17.2% involved opium or cocaine, and 12.3% of these arrests involved other drugs.
- 148,447 arrests occurred for drug abuse charges in Texas during 2018, a 0.8% increase from the number of arrests in 2017.
- 50% of drug possession arrests in 2018 involved marijuana, while only 9.5% involved synthetic narcotics and 18.4% involved opium or cocaine.
Criminal Penalties for Drug Crimes
Drug crime cases can range from a $500 fine (for a class “C” paraphernalia case) to life in prison (the maximum sentence). There are many factors that go into drug-related charges that determine if you will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. These penalties and factors may include:
- The amount of the drugs in possession at the time of your arrest
- If a minor was involved
- The type of drug
- Your intent in regard to the drug
The Houston drug lawyers at the Law Office of David Breston are experienced in trial cases as well as prosecution and could defend your case from every angle. Be represented by a powerful legal team that you can trust to fight for your freedom. Our lawyers, Alma Garcia and David Breston, have had extensive success in getting charges reduced and dismissed for our clients. Contact us today at the Law Offices of David A. Breston for a free legal consultation. Don’t just take our word for it though, hear what our clients have to say on Google, Yelp, and Facebook.
Most Common Drugs in Texas
Drug crimes are widespread across the state of Texas, and unfortunately, many people struggle with the difficulties of addiction every day. According to the statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, manufacturers can sell and create synthetic drugs – that are often life-threatening – at alarmingly high rates, which may be contributing to the overdose crisis throughout the state and across the country.
The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) published a report in November 2018 on the drug use patterns and trends observed in Texas during the previous calendar year. This report provides the following statistics on the prevalence of certain drugs in Texas communities, as evidenced by admissions data for rehabilitation centers and other addiction programs.
- Approximately 10,724 people sought help from a Texas drug and alcohol rehab center for marijuana addiction during 2017, comprising 21.7% of admissions for that calendar year.
- 8,481 admissions occurred when people sought treatment for methamphetamine addiction, comprising approximately 17.2% of admissions during 2017.
- 8,238 admissions occurred when people sought treatment for heroin addiction, making up 16.7% of admissions.
- 3,382 admissions occurred when people sought treatment for cocaine or crack addiction, making up 6.8% of admissions.
- 2,841 admissions occurred when people sought treatment for prescription opioids, approximately 5.8% of admissions.
- The most common primary substance for rehabilitation admission was not an illegal drug – it was alcohol, leading to 11,511 admissions making up 23.3% of total admissions during 2017.
The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970
Due to the spike in recreational drug use during the 1960s, the United States federal government passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 to help address the sale, use, possession, and manufacturing of illicit drugs such as heroin or amphetamines. The Act allows for the government to define and classify certain drugs, as well as research and create treatment programs for drug abuse.
This Act is comprised of two main parts: Title II and Title III.
- Title II is the Controlled Substances Act, which consolidated different laws on the manufacturing and distribution of all types of drugs throughout the United States. Title II defines the drug schedule, which classifies different drugs into five different categories based on the severity of addiction and dependence potential and the use of the drug for medical purposes.
- Title III involves import and export of drugs, criminal forfeiture and seizures, and different drug law amendments. Lawmakers reference Title III less than Title II, but it provides the necessary legal framework for establishing the drug laws and processes that are in place throughout the country today.