Our readers in Texas know how harshly drug crimes are prosecuted in this state. From so-called “low level” possession charges all the way to felony charges that involve trafficking and drug manufacturing, any defendant who faces drug charges in Texas knows that leniency usually is not to be expected. However, despite the zeal with which prosecutors in this state go after drug offenders, it is important to remember that every criminal defendant has constitutional rights that must be protected.
Although the facts of any given case can vary considerably, many drug cases, including marijuana-related cases, involve a search of some kind. Was that search conducted with a valid warrant? Or was there a valid exception to the warrant requirement that was correctly followed? Was the drug in question actually in your possession? These questions, among many others, are some of the first that need to be examined to see if your rights were protected.
Then, of course, there are many constitutional rights that come into play if your case goes all the way to trial. The right to counsel, the right against self-incrimination, the right to a trial by a jury of peers – these rights, among others, may seem like fanciful ideas to some, but they are rights that are guaranteed to criminal defendants.
Marijuana cases are serious
Although many people think that marijuana cases are “low level,” they need to be taken seriously. At our law firm, we do our best to make sure our clients’ rights are protected in any case involving criminal charges. For more information, please visit drug crimes overview section of our law firm’s website.