Many people don't take a drug charge as seriously as they should, especially if they are first-time offenders. This fact is exasperated because some states have legalized marijuana or other drugs. Don't be mislead, Texas is a conservative state with tough drug laws. The fact is that a drug charge can have a serious and long-lasting impact on your life and a Texas judge usually couldn't care less about what the laws are in California or New York.
For starters, a person charged with a drug crime should not solely look at the short-term repercussions of what they are facing. They should understand that a drug conviction carries several unseen and long-lasting consequences. Often defendants look only to the amount of money that they will end up having to pay or will agree to anything to avoid time in jail or prison.
A drug conviction can hinder your efforts to get the job you want and may even disqualify you immediately. Many jobs, especially in the government, will not hire a person with a criminal history. Drug convictions can also hinder your opportunity to obtain the housing you desire because of internal bias in the community.
It is of utmost importance that you obtain a qualified lawyer to help defend you if you are facing a drug charge. A good criminal defense attorney will be able to analyze and apply the law in which you have been charged and gather facts that could potentially lead to your case's dismissal. There are several ways in which the police may have made a mistake that could end up being favorable to you; a good criminal defense lawyer will be able to spot those mistakes.
When you are charged with a drug crime or any crime for that matter, you are up against a highly trained prosecutor who probably thinks you are guilty and is looking to convict you. It is important to have a trained professional in your corner who will put in the time and effort to try to obtain the best resolution to your case. A trained professional working for you is important and that person can be worth their weight in gold, but you also need someone who will keep you informed. I often hear the complaint from people that their lawyers ignored them and they had no idea about what was going on in their case. When you hire a lawyer you should gather as much information as you can about that person to see whether or not they have a good track record of keeping their clients in the loop. If they don't then you should probably seek representation elsewhere. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to face a criminal charge and to place your trust in an attorney who won't even take the time to tell you what is going on.
It is not always possible to get a dismissal, but many people don't even try. They assume that because they were arrested, or because they made an incriminating statement, that there will be no way for them to be found not guilty. Just recently I was reading a news article about a former policeman who was charged with 2 counts of capital murder and was exonerated in part due to sloppy police work including but not limited to inconsistent probable cause affidavits by officers. Not many people would just roll over when faced with a capital murder charge, but hiring a qualified attorney turned out to be one of the best decisions he has ever made, his lawyer helped him rebuild his name and show the world that he was wrongfully accused.
Don't be fooled, the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure are very specific and complex and courts and juries are bound by those rules. It is worth the money and the effort to obtain legal counsel who is familiar with these laws. It can make the difference between harsh long-term consequences or something easier, or hopefully even a total dismissal.
The Law Office of Chad Zubi offers free criminal defense consultations in a nonjudgmental and friendly atmosphere. Our office believes that it isn't enough to merely call yourself a criminal defense attorney you need to put your money where your mouth is and put in the work that achieves results. You can't always win but you can and you must always try to reach a favorable result.
This office also prides itself on being affordable by setting prices that are competitive with other Houston criminal defense attorneys.
In closing, I encourage you to do yourself a favor, your life and reputation are on the line, don't wait until the last minute to hire an attorney, give the Law Office of Chad Zubi a call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.