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Common defenses for drug crimes in Texas

Facing drug charges in Texas can be stressful, especially if this has never happened to you in the past. So, what do you do if you are facing drug charges? Where do you turn? How do you defend yourself? The first place to start is with the actual charge. Find out the type of penalties it comes with should you be convicted. Find out if it is a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Then you can figure out the type of defenses available.

A common drug crime defense used by criminal defense attorneys is that of the drugs being planted. This can either be planted by the police or planted by a member of the public. For example, maybe someone borrowed your car and you didn't look through it before using it again. Maybe they left the drugs in your car.

Another common drug crime defense is that the officer who found the drugs committed an unlawful search and seizure of your property. This could've occurred either in your home, office or vehicle. You will need a lot of evidence to prove that this is the truth.

Police officers will conduct quick inspections of any drugs found during a traffic stop, drug deal bust or raid. It is possible that the test results from the scene might have misidentified the items found as drugs. That's why you should request the analysis conducted by the crime lab.

It's also possible that confiscated drugs could now be missing as the trial gets underway. Evidence is moved often between locations and if the drugs are no longer in the possession of the police, then this could be a worthwhile defense.

Going in front of a judge for a drug charge in Texas doesn't have to mean the end of your freedom. You need to know the available defenses to drug crimes that you can use to protect your rights.

Source: Findlaw, "Drug Possession Defenses," accessed Feb. 01, 2018

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