Drug charges can drastically alter a young person’s life which is why they should be familiar with criminal defense protections against drug charges. A 19-year old man was recently arrested in Houston on felony drug charges. Authorities allegedly found drugs in his vehicle following a minor car accident. According to the arrest report, the man was messaging on his phone when he rear-ended the vehicle in front of him.
How it played out
After the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper responded to the car accident, he reported smelling marijuana. The trooper subsequently searched the vehicle and allegedly found marijuana, marijuana gummies and pills in the vehicle. The man was charged with two counts of second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. The man’s bail was set at $29,000.
Consequences of a drug conviction
Drug charges can result in harsh penalties including incarceration, significant fines and other stiff penalties and consequences. This can have a significant impact on anyone accused of felony drug or other drug charges and can especially impact students who are facing drug charges. Those accused of drug charges may also experience challenges in the areas of education, employment and housing associated with drug charges.
Defending against drug charges
It is essential to know how to defend against drug charges and for accused individuals to be familiar with criminal defense protections, including ensuring that authorities followed all required procedures associated with their arrest. One of the first steps following drug charges is for the accused individual to develop a strong criminal defense strategy to protect themselves.