If you are facing a drug charge in Texas, working closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney is always in your best interest. The consequences of a drug-related conviction are so serious that moving forward without the professional legal counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney is ill-advised at best.
Because your future is far too important to leave to chance, it is important to aggressively defend your rights from the outset. Further, there are certain factors that make working with an experienced attorney that much more important. These include:
- You Were Wrongly Accused – If you are charged with possessing drugs that do not belong to you, you may assume that explaining the situation will take care of the matter and that the charges will simply go away or that the court will rule in your favor as a result, but this is rarely the case. Your word simply does not carry the weight that legal evidence does. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or you were simply in possession of someone else's property, but whatever the reason, you need experienced legal counsel on your side.
- You Are Not Sure of Your Legal Rights – If you have been accused of a drug crime, you have important rights, but if you are not aware of these rights, they are easy to forego. Beyond explaining your right to an attorney and your right to remain silent, law enforcement is not required to explain much more. Once you fail to take advantage of protections that are available to you, they can be difficult to regain, which can seriously affect the outcome of your case.
- You Are Concerned About Your Future – Drug charges are not simply an unfortunate event in your life. In fact, a conviction can reverberate well into your future and can affect your job, professional licensure, and employability, your home life, and relationships; your ability to rent a home; and much more. Because you have a lot to lose, working with a savvy criminal defense attorney is imperative.
- If Convicted, You May Qualify for State Diversionary Programs – Texas has extremely strict drug laws and attendant penalties, but the state also has diversionary programs that work as alternatives to incarceration. In other words, even if you are convicted of the drug charge brought against you, it does not automatically mean that you will spend time behind bars. Diversionary programs are most commonly available to those facing first-time charges, those whose offenses are relatively minor, and those who make plea deals with prosecutors – an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
It Is Time to Consult with an Experienced Attorney
If you are facing drug charges, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a formidable criminal defense attorney who is committed to aggressively advocating for your rights and to guiding your case toward its best possible resolution. Your rights matter, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.