Is it important to have a lawyer familiar with drug crime cases?
The scope of types of law practices is very wide. Some lawyers never enter a courtroom. Others may deal with subjects such as real estate or other matter completely unrelated to criminal defense. The skill of your attorney in a drug charge cannot be underestimated. Who you choose to defend you can have a significant impact on the outcome of the criminal drug charges you are facing.
As these cases are usually determined in court, with a judge and jury, the attorney must be a trial lawyer with outstanding skill in presenting your case and increasing the "reasonable doubt" or finding a compelling defense strategy. Not all lawyers have the talent for the courtroom. The Fort Worth drug crime defense attorney from our firm knows the courtroom from both sides, as he is a former prosecutor. With extensive trial experience, you will not regret selecting an attorney from Alband, Lane & Balderama.
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What if I have not yet been arrested, but am under investigation. What should I do?
In serious drug crime cases there is often an investigation that asks to interview you. This could be personnel from a federal drug crime task force, the DEA or the FBI or other law enforcement agency. It cannot be stressed enough that you must have a skilled defense attorney with you in any interviews or questioning by any law enforcement body. If you are under investigation in a drug crime case, it is likely you will be arrested almost immediately and your statements could damage your case. Stay silent until your attorney from our firm arrives to protect you.
Is a minor drug possession charge serious?
With certain drugs, in our state, even a small amount will result in a felony charge. A marijuana possession charge has serious repercussions if you are convicted. For example, 2 ounces or less of the substance can result in 180 days in jail and a fine of $2,000. 2 - 4 ounces can lead to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000. Even these minor amounts of the substance, when convicted can severely impact your life. How this is addressed by your defense attorney is of ultimate concern. It is vital that you contact an attorney as quickly as possible, even on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.
Are federal drug crimes more serious?
The federal government gets involved when drugs are moved across international borders. Our state is considered a "gateway" state for the importation of illegal substances, not only marijuana but also other drugs including heroin, ecstasy and others. If you are charged federally, you have some tough odds to face. You need an attorney that is familiar with the federal court system and how to manage your case and your defense within that system.
The penalties in federal drug cases are generally much higher than at the state level, and a skilled and aggressive lawyer is a vital requirement. We are ready to represent you in federal or state courts, and are never intimidated by any prosecutor or law enforcement agency. They make mistakes too - and if they have, we will find it.
What can the firm help with?
Our legal team focuses on defending drug crime cases, including the following:
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Prescription Fraud
- Crystal Meth
- Prescription Drugs
Contact a Fort Worth Drug Crime Defense Lawyerfrom our firm at once if you have been accused of any drug offense.
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