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Austin, TX Drug Crime Defense Attorneys Who Get Results

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, contact Botsford & Roark

Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer is crucial for protecting your rights, and if you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Austin, TX, you need to act fast. At Botsford & Roark, our drug offense attorneys are committed to leaving no stone unturned in aggressively fighting for the best possible outcome our clients deserve.

Our Austin, TX drug crime defense lawyers have decades of experience protecting the rights, reputations, and freedoms of people accused of drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking, and more in courts throughout Central Texas. We know the intricacies of Texas laws and have professional relationships with the people who make the system work. Our insider's knowledge can give you an advantage in your drug case.

Botsford & Roark has handled both high-profile and everyday cases, offering knowledge and guidance through the legal process. If you're facing drug charges in Central Texas, contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation. We can answer questions, explain the charges you face, and help explore your legal options.

“If you want someone who works hard for his money this man is it. He never quits and he makes it hard on the prosecutor and witnesses against you when he gets to trial. Worth every penny I paid him. I was acquitted and he even taught the police and prosecutor lessons in the law while he was trying the case. Works even on lunch breaks/recess to defeat those after you. How good can it get? A super lawyer - 5 stars in my book.” - Anonymous, review for Brian Roark

What is a drug crime in Texas?

Drug crimes in Texas refer to offenses related to the possession, distribution, trafficking, manufacturing, or any illegal activity involving controlled substances, including illegal drugs or prescription medications.

These crimes can vary in severity, with penalties ranging from fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved, prior convictions, and other factors.

At Botsford & Roark, some of the most common types of cases handled by our Austin drug crime defense lawyers include:

Harsh Texas drug crime penalties

Texas law, recognized for its stringent stance on drug offenses, has a complex set of rules and guidelines for drug crime sentencing. Possession or distribution of these substances can lead to varying degrees of penalties, influenced by the type and amount of drug, your alleged intent, and any prior convictions. With consequences ranging from fines and probation to significant prison sentences, you need to take all drug charges seriously by contacting an attorney ASAP after an arrest.

Here are the factors that determine drug crime penalties:

  • Group. Texas categorizes drugs into about a half dozen penalty groups. Typically, when the group number is lower, the controlled substances are more dangerous and carry harsher penalties. For example, Groups 1 and 1-A include heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth while Group 3 includes Valium and Xanax. Marijuana is its own group. Penalty groups classify drug crimes, charges, and sentences.
  • Amount. The law sets possession thresholds for various charges with different quantities for each drug. For the most part, the more narcotics allegedly found in a person’s possession, the higher the penalties.
  • Crime. Possession of drugs is generally penalized less heavily than distributing, trafficking, and manufacturing narcotics. However, an individual that passes drug amount thresholds may be charged with resale or manufacturing even if no sale or production occurred.
  • History. Typically, the penalties for a first offense will be less severe than subsequent offenses. However, if someone was injured or killed in the alleged crime, penalties can be harsh even for someone with no record.

Drug crime defense options in Texas

Every case is a unique puzzle, and our initial endeavor is to understand every piece. At Botsford & Roark, our drug crime lawyers delve deep into the specifics, analyzing the evidence, circumstances, and narratives, crafting a defense strategy tailored to your situation. If you face criminal charges, various defenses are available depending on your circumstances and the nature of the alleged offense. Here are some options:

  • Innocence. The most common defense – meaning you were not involved in any crime. With an unparalleled grasp of Texas drug laws and an adept strategic defense, we challenge the prosecution’s claims, advocating relentlessly for your rights.
  • Entrapment. Not every case involving undercover police or the presentation of a criminal opportunity rises to the level of entrapment, but the theory must be explored. Entrapment applies when someone is coerced into committing a crime they would not otherwise have committed under normal circumstances.
  • Dismissed or reduced charges. Our longstanding presence in Austin’s legal community allows us to engage proactively with the prosecution. Leveraging our reputation and knowledge, we seek to reduce charges, negotiate favorable plea deals, or even achieve case dismissals.
  • Mistake of fact/law. The strength of any defense lies in its evidence. From scrutinizing search and seizure protocols to analyzing lab results and identifying potential witnesses, our team leaves no avenue unexplored. If a mistake was made in the arrest, process, or evidence collection, we will exploit it to your fullest benefit.
  • Duress/coercion. This defense applies when another party forces you to commit a crime through threats or intimidation
  • Insanity. This defense is rare in drug crime cases. It typically applies when someone’s mental illness results in lack of understanding regarding criminal conduct.

Our attorneys can fight for your reputation and your future

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Central Texas, it is important to remain calm and not panic. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so it’s best to stay silent and not answer any questions until you have spoken to a lawyer.

At Botsford & Roark, our strategy is always the same. Our drug crime attorneys strive to maintain cordial relationships with prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, and court personnel, while at the same time remaining ready and able to aggressively try cases. Whatever your unique situation may be, our firm is equipped to help you through it.

Contact us for a free case evaluation now.

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