Texas is tough on drug crimes. If you are a young college student, it is critical to keep this in mind because the consequences of a drug-related conviction can be very serious.
Changes in drug laws
Even though Texas has made some changes to its laws regarding drugs, the state has not evolved as quickly as some people would like. Texas continues to have a “tough on crime” reputation.
Drug-related charges are usually felonies
If you are arrested for possessing a controlled substance, you may face a felony conviction in Texas. This is a severe crime and you do not want to be have a drug-related conviction on your record.
The amount of drugs you have matters because it can make a difference in the prosecutor charging you with a felony or a misdemeanor. Most drug cases in Texas, though, result in felony charges.
What happens if you are arrested
Suppose the police arrests you for possession of a controlled substance. In that case, the officers will take you to the police station and when you arrive at jail, officers will search and fingerprint you. At that point, police should ask you whether you have an attorney and if you want to call them.
Police officers cannot interrogate you before asking you if you want legal representation. If you tell the police you want an attorney, you can call one. Your attorney will help you navigate the process from there.
Having the best legal representation can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Make sure you know and understand the law, or ask an expert to assist you in navigating this complicated process.