People can be surprised when they learn how serious prescription drug charges can be. It is understandable that someone would think it is “no big deal” to possess something that doctors are allowed to prescribe. The truth of the matter, however, is that prescription pill abuse is on the rise throughout the U.S. and many feel it is contributing the the opioid epidemic. Illegally possessing a controlled substance can result in jail time, a permanent criminal record, and difficulty with passing a background check. If you have been arrested then it is important that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights. Joey Tellez is a Laredo lawyer assisting those with illegally possessing pills. Our firm was founded on the belief that everyone is entitled to an aggressive defense and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today.
Laredo attorney assisting with prescription cases which involve Valium, Ambien, Xanax, or other controlled substances
Texas considers prescription narcotics to be a “controlled substance.” These narcotics can include Valium, Ambien, Xanax, and other substances. If one is arrested while illegally possessing such substances then they may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The level of charges will depend on the amount and type of the drugs involved. Possession charges may result in up to one year in jail while possessing more than twenty-eight grams of prescription narcotics can lead to charges for drug trafficking. This is in addition to charges which may be brought for other conduct. Such other conduct may include the illegal possession of a firearm or possession of other controlled substances.
If a defendant faces misdemeanor charges then the case will begin with an arraignment. A trial date will be set after a “not guilty” plea is entered. The prosecution will provide defense counsel with arrest reports, witness statements, and other information which must be disclosed under the Brady v. Maryland decision. It may be possible to exclude the pills from court proceedings if it is shown that law enforcement obtained them through a violation of the Defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. Exclusion of the pills could result in a dismissal of the charges under certain circumstances. If a dismissal is not obtained and a favorable plea offer is not made then it will be necessary for the case to proceed to trial. It is important that you retain a lawyer who is familiar with this process and who has experience in presenting evidence to the Judge or Jury.
Joey Tellez is a Laredo attorney defending those who are accused of illegally possessing prescription narcotics. Joey will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how you were arrested and to help you understand what to expect as your case moves forward. He will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf and will conduct any necessary investigations into the matter. If he believes that law enforcement violated your rights then we will file a Motion to Suppress any unlawfully seized evidence. Joey will challenge law enforcement at the evidentiary hearing and argue for exclusion of the pills. If this Motion is successful then the case may be dismissed. If a trial is necessary then Joey will ensure that your rights are protected as the matter moves forward. We understand that this is a challenging time in your life and we are ready to help. Contact us today.
Laredo lawyer staying in communication with clients who face prescription pill charges
It is a trying time in one’s life when they face criminal charges. The stress caused by such charges is just one reason why it is important to retain an attorney who makes communication with his or her clients a priority. Joey does this. He often gives clients his cell phone number so they may contact him directly. He quickly responds to phone calls and emails. We will be available to answer your questions and it is our goal to make sure that you are always aware as to the status of your case. We are honored to serve the Laredo community and our lawyer takes this responsibility very seriously.