First-Time Drug Offense in Houston, TX
Texas Drug Courts
drug possession can reach into the thousands and prison sentences can be as much as for
life. So if you were given an alternative option, wouldn't you take
it? In most cases, first-time drug charges are not as extremes as $250,000
or a life sentence in prison, but any fine or time in prison can permanently
affect your life, your job, and your family.
For this reason, the state of Texas has drug courts that process many drug
possession an addiction cases in lieu of traditional court processes.
These courts place offenders in programs that can be completed in place
of regular court sentences. In essence, these programs are substance abuse
programs, where the offender is required to serve a minimum of one year
of intensive rehabilitation, accountability, random drug testing, and
appearances in court with the hopes of reversing their behavior and assimilating
them into productive society.
Why You Need an Houston Drug Crime Attorney
A first-time offender is not automatically sent to drug court. They must first be considered "eligible," and this can be a
tricky process. For most
drug crimes that are considered to be violent cases, a person is not considered eligible
for drug court. Therefore, any person who has been charged with a violent
drug crime but is not guilty of violence should hire a drug crime attorney
who could fight to drop their charges of violence and allow them to be
eligible for drug court.
For those who are not charged with a violent drug crime, they can be referred
for consideration by several different sources, including a defense attorney
or prosecutor, a judge, or through jail or detention center interviews.
The stronger your referral, the better chance you have of being accepted
for drug court. Having a drug crime defense attorney who can provide a
strong argument for your eligibility provides excellent odds of your being
sent to drug court and completing a program instead of serving a jail
sentence. Anyone who is being charged with a first-time drug crime should
take the time right now to find a lawyer who can defend them and fight
for them to be sent to drug court, or for their charges to be dropped
We'll Evaluate Your Drug Crime Case
Mr. Herman Martinez, the founding defense attorney of the
Martinez Law Firm, has the well-rounded experience, skill, and determination to defend your
drug crime case. As an
AV® rated attorney and a Houston Top Lawyer from 2008-2011, as well as a knowledgeable former prosecutor, Mr. Martinez
has proven his ability to succeed in all forms of criminal defense cases,
including drug crime cases. For a lawyer who will dedicate himself to
every detail of your case and make your success as important to him as
it is to you, don't hesitate to call his firm today.
Penalties for a drug crime conviction can permanently damage your career,
your finances, your life, and the lives of those you love. If you are
facing charges, you need to make sure you have a competent lawyer on your
side. And who could be more competent than a defense attorney who has
experience as a prosecutor? Mr. Martinez can look at a case from the angles
of both prosecution and defense, enabling him to think ahead of the prosecution
and defend your case in every way possible.
For an evaluation on your case to see what the Martinez Law Firm could
do for you,
fill out the form here. It only takes a few minutes and you have nothing to lose, so
contact us today!