While many states have legalized many drugs like marijuana and other cannabis-related substances, most drugs are still illegal in Texas. If you have been unfortunate enough to get arrested for drug possession, it’s important that you understand your rights and hire the right attorney to fight for them.
What should you do if you are charged with drug possession in Texas?
Here are three things that can help you start off on the right foot.
1. Don’t Panic And Resist Arrest
There are times you can argue your case but while you’re being arrested is not one of those times. Let the officers do their job and save your arguments and defense strategy for the court. While you may be facing very serious drug possession charges, don’t make things worse by resisting or evading arrest by running.
We understand that the pressure of the situation may cause you to feel anxious, fidgety, and overwhelmed. Take some deep breaths and try to calm down. While anxiousness is normal, make sure you actively cooperate with law enforcement during each stage of the process.
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2. Hire an Experienced Lawyer
Following your arrest, start looking for an experienced lawyer who can represent you. Look for an attorney who has handled similar drug offense cases in the past. Look at their experience as both a defense attorney or prosecutor. Call their office and take advantage of an initial consultation to actually speak to your potential attorney. Ask them how they’ll approach your case and how they’ve approached similar cases with their other clients. As a former prosecutor, they’ll have insight into how the state will approach their case against you.
In the end, it’s important to choose the attorney with whom you feel the most comfortable.
As they walk you through the drug charges you are facing, they demonstrate an acute understanding of the law and present you with the best options based upon your case. Overall, you should feel more at ease with the upcoming stages of your case.
3. Don’t Sign Anything While In Custody
In addition to exercising your right to remain silent, make sure you steer clear of any statements the police put in front of you to sign. You have a right to legal representation while police question you. Until you speak with your lawyer, don’t sign any documents that can potentially be used against you in court. While cooperating with law enforcement is important, exercising your rights guaranteed to you under the U.S. Constitution is more important to your case.
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Looking for an experienced attorney who can build an aggressive case for the drug possession charges you’re facing? Call JL Carpenter today at 713-561-5931. She has extensive experience in representing clients who are facing serious drug possession charges. Protect your rights, freedom, future, and reputation today.
As a DUI attorney, JL Carpenter also handles DUI cases across the Greater Houston area, including Clear Lake, Friendswood, Katy, Galveston, and League City.