It is difficult to turn on the television without hearing about the “heroin epidemic” which is hitting the United States. Laredo has not been immune to this problem. This highly addictive drug has lead to both overdoses and deaths in our area. This situation is why Texas prosecutors actively pursue charges in cases which involve heroin and Judges are quick to issue harsh sentences. If you have been arrested for possessing or distributing the drug then you may be facing incarceration, fines, and a permanent criminal record. It is vital that you contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling such matters. Joey Tellez is a Laredo lawyer who handles state and federal heroin charges. Joey handles all matters in our office personally and he takes pride in the level of representation our firm offers. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Laredo attorney handling cases involving the possession of heroin
Texas considers heroin to be a “schedule one” controlled substance. This means that its possession is as strictly penalized as is that of any other drug. Possessing any amount of this opiate will result in state jail felony charges and will carry a minimum sentence of six months. Possessing larger amounts, or attempting to distribute the drug to others, can lead to drug trafficking charges which can carry a prison sentence of up to ninety-nine years. This in addition to penalties which may be levied for other charges.
Felony cases will begin with the prosecution gaining an Indictment from the Grand Jury. A trial date will be set after the defendant enters a “not guilty” plea. Defense counsel will be provided with the police reports, lab results, surveillance footage, and any other information which the prosecution is required to disclose under Brady v. Maryland. It may be possible to exclude the drugs from evidence if they were found through law enforcement’s illegal search of the defendant’s person, vehicle, or residence. Such an exclusion may lead to a dismissal of the case. If a dismissal cannot be gained, and the case cannot otherwise be resolved, then the matter will proceed to trial. A jury will decide the issue of guilt and sentencing would be handled by the judge. It is important to realize that litigating such cases are complicated, that the rules of evidence will be strictly enforced, and that it is best to retain an experienced lawyer.
Joey Tellez is a Laredo criminal defense attorney who handles cases involving the possession or distribution of heroin. Joey will use your initial consultation to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process and to begin formulating a plan for your defense. We will quickly request all available evidence and will also conduct any necessary investigations. If Joey believes that your rights were violated then he will file the necessary Motions and will request that the matter be dismissed. If a dismissal is not possible then he will make sure that the case is prepared for trial and will protect your rights throughout the process. Joey understands that this is a serious time in your life. He handles all matters in our office personally and takes pride in the level of attention he pays to every case we handle. Contact us today.
Laredo lawyer staying in regular communication with those who face heroin charges
Joey makes lawyer-client communication a priority. He regularly meets with clients in our office. He often gives clients his cell phone number and he makes sure that phone calls are quickly returned. Our firm employs a case management portal so that clients may access their documents online and we make ourselves available to answer any questions you may have. We feel it is a privilege to serve those in the Laredo community. We work to provide a level of service which warrants this privilege.