Dallas Controlled Substance Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for possession or manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Dallas County, whether it’s a felony or misdemeanor charge, it’s critical that you retain a knowledgeable attorney. You need someone with vast experience in handling these types of criminal cases. Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, possession or delivery of a controlled substance charges can range in severity from a class A misdemeanor, all the way up to a first degree felony. The various factors that determine the severity of the charge include the drug allegedly at issue, the alleged weight of the drug seized by the police, and whether you’re alleged to have possessed or intended to sell.
Also, the seriousness of your case can be enhanced if it’s alleged to have occurred in a “drug-free zone.” You need a lawyer on your side who will fight to make certain that your legal interests are protected. Even in amounts weighing less than one gram, you will be charged with a felony, even in a first time possession charge (for possession of a controlled substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, or heroin).
Our Dallas County drug lawyers will work diligently for you in court to make certain your rights are protected. Call Berlof & Newton, P.C @ 214.827.2800. Our Dallas lawyers have over four decades of combined experience representing numerous clients in a wide variety of criminal charges, including possession or manufacture and delivery of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. We also handle prescription controlled substance felony cases, such as possession of Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Valium, and Xanax. Whatever the case may be, we can help!
Why hire a lawyer for my controlled substances case?
Even for possession of very small amounts of certain controlled substances, your freedom could be at risk, and you can be fined up to $10,000. The Dallas controlled substance attorneys at Berlof & Newton, P.C. will aggressively represent you in court in a manner designed to seek the best possible outcome of your drug charge. We handle ALL types of controlled substance charges, including:
- Possession of a controlled substance less than one gram
- Possession of a controlled substance between one and four grams
- Possession of a controlled substance between four and two hundred grams
- Manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance (all levels of offense)
- Possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone (all levels of offense)
- Attempted possession of a controlled substance (all levels of offense)
- All other types of felony and misdemeanor marijuana cases
What is “possession of a controlled substance”?
In Texas, you can be charged with the crime of “possession of a controlled substance” if a peace officer has probable cause to believe that you exercised “care, custody, or control” over a substance alleged to be illegal under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
What are the different “Penalty Groups” for drugs, and what is their significance?
In Texas, controlled substances are assigned to “penalty groups.” Penalty Group 1 includes methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and others. Penalty Group 1A includes LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Penalty Group 2 includes PCP, ecstasy (phencyclidine), marinol, and mescaline. Penalty Group 3 includes Xanax, Valium, and Ritalin. Penalty Group 4 includes Motofen, Dionine (morphine), Buprenorphine (an opioid), and Pyrovalerone (bath salts). In part, a given drug’s “penalty group” determines the penalty scheme associated with its possession, manufacture, or delivery.
Can I represent myself on my controlled substance charge?
There’s a saying among attorneys: “A person who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” Unless you’re an experienced criminal defense attorney, you aren’t going to be familiar with the rules of evidence, procedure, and the applicable law that applies to your controlled substance case. The State of Texas will have an experienced prosecuting attorney on its side. You need skilled legal counsel on yours.
What if someone I know is in jail for a controlled substance charge?
Call us! Our Dallas attorney bail bondsman may be able to post bond for them and get them released from custody.
Do you only handle Dallas County controlled substance cases?
No. We also handle marijuana throughout Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, Rockwall, Ellis, and Kaufman Counties. If you’ve been arrested for a drug case outside of Dallas County, please call us at 214.827.2800. We may be able to help. CALL US TODAY AT 214.827.2800 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION