Drug charges should be taken seriously. In many cases, drug crimes carry the potential for more serious penalties than violent crimes. While not everyone may agree with the fairness of the sentencing, the fact remains that drug charges need to be vigorously fought in court. With a strong legal strategy, it may be possible to lessen or dismiss these charges.

Two people were arrested in Texas recently after a citizen called the police and reported a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle the suspects were in was parked outside a gate. According to reports, the suspects were unknown to the people in the neighborhood. When deputies arrived, the male driver was allegedly passed out, and the female passenger was acting erratically. Both were, allegedly, slurring their words when they talked to the police officers.

After the suspects had removed themselves from their vehicle, police allegedly found around 2 ounces of marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle, along with 6.4 ounces of what was later found to be methamphetamine. Both the driver and passenger were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1, which is a second-degree felony. Both are also facing charges of public intoxication.

Because of the severity of potential drug charges penalties, suspects need to ensure their tights are protected. Poking holes in the evidence, and making certain the prosecution carries its burden of proof, are ways in which defendants can mount strong defense strategies. If it can be proven that any of the necessary elements of the crime were not present, it may be possible to avoid the serious consequences that come with a conviction.

Source: Palestine Herald, “Two arrested on drug charges,” April 15, 2014