Drug Charges in Williamson County
Most arrests for drug possession in Georgetown, TX as well as the greater Williamson County area are for Class-B misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana (TX HSC, §481.121) of less than two ounces. An equally common charge in this county is Possession of a Dangerous Drug (TX HSC, §483.041), for possession of a prescription drug such as Hydrocodone or Xanax without a doctor’s prescription. Other drug possession charges are for felony possession of cocaine, psilocybin (“mushrooms”), methamphetamine, possession of large amounts of marijuana, or possession with intent to deliver. In all drug cases, “possession” is defined as “actual care, custody, control, or management (TX HSC, §481.002(38),” and generally speaking, someone must “knowingly or intentionally” possess the drug to be guilty.
When we are hired to represent someone charged with drug possession, as with any other type of case, we will navigate our client through the legal process from beginning to end. The first thing we do is take detailed notes on the facts of the case, focusing on why the client was initially detained by the police and how the police officers found the illegal drugs. We will also order copies of the police report and video tape (if any) and ask our client to schedule an appointment at our office to review it. If our client believes that something substantive in the police report is incorrect, we will ask him or her to provide us with a written affidavit (on a form we provide), that we can then provide to the prosecutor. We will also discuss and consider any possible legal defenses or issues associated with the case.
We also provide our clients with a list of proactive things that they can do, or documents they can gather, while the case is pending, to increase the chances of a dismissal or at least to help minimize the severity of punishment. If the case is not dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge, we will seek to negotiate the best possible plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor. Then we will help our client decide whether to accept the prosecutor’s best offer or set the case for a trial by judge or jury, or have a hearing on a Motion to Suppress the Evidence.
A typical first-offense Class-A or Class-B misdemeanor drug possession charge, if not dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge, and depending on the facts of the case and the person’s prior criminal history, will result in some form of probation and a fine. It is important to remember, however, that if someone is placed on probation for an offense they can never have the charge completely removed from their criminal history.
To schedule a free 15-20 minute consultation with us to discuss your case, simply call (512) 635-4368 or click on the ‘Contact Us’ link to complete a form that will be emailed to us. At this meeting we will discuss the basic facts of your case, any possible legal defenses, and a basic strategy for handling your case. We can also discuss payment options/plans if you are unable to pay our fee in full. Once you make the decision to hire, you will need to remain at the office for about 30 additional minutes to complete the necessary paperwork and review several documents that we will provide you. When you leave our office you will have a complete packet of useful information, you will know exactly what the process will be, and you should feel confident in knowing that you have an experienced attorney to navigate you through the process and get the best possible outcome for your case.