DRUG CRIMES ATTORNEY
IN AMARILLO, TEXAS
Being charged with a crime is a serious matter, regardless of the nature of the charges. In order to give yourself the best chance at avoiding the harshest penalties associated with your crime, you need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Office of Dennis R. Boren, I have been helping individuals fight for their rights in a wide range of criminal cases for years. I will bring my extensive experience and knowledge to your case as we work together to pursue a result that is favorable to you.
I serve the needs of clients in Hereford, Dumas, Plainview, Borger, Pampa, and the greater Amarillo, Texas areas. Call me today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
DEFENDING DRUG CHARGES
No matter the amount, defenses for drug cases generally fall into three categories:
The items seized weren’t illegal drugs; or
The drugs were not “possessed” by the accused person; or
The drugs were seized as a result of a violation of the accused person’s constitutional or statutory rights. (This defense is normally addressed through a pretrial motion to suppress; however, in Texas a defendant can submit to the jury a factual dispute relating to a constitutional issue)
In Texas, drugs are classified into four penalty groups, penalty group one providing for the most punishment. Generally, penalties are progressively higher from possession to delivery to manufacturing. Depending on the amount, simple possession of a drug in penalty group four or three may be a misdemeanor. Whatever the charge, a conviction for a drug offense may carry with it collateral punishment, such as a driver’s license suspension.
There is much to lose with a drug conviction. Even deferred adjudication probation for a State Jail felony can remain on a person’s record for more than a decade. Employers are cautious about hiring people who have a history of drug use and it is now exceptionally easy to get such information from online criminal record sources.
FIGHTING ILLEGAL STOPS, SEARCH & SEIZURE
I will investigate all aspects of a drug arrest to determine whether unlawful search and seizure procedures occurred. I believe that illegal search and seizure is a threat not only to my clients but to the liberty and privacy of all Americans. I am alert to violations of client’s rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Where present, I move to suppress the evidence, which almost always results in the dismissal of charges. Where there has been a confession, I investigate for duress and police failures to advise my clients of their rights to remain silent and to consult an attorney. Where undercover agents are involved I check for instances of illegal entrapment of my clients.
FORFEITURE OF CASH & PROPERTY IN DRUG CASES
Like all wars, the war on drugs harms combatants and innocents alike. A good example of this is the law that allows law enforcement agencies to seize money that they believed was gained from drug activity or property that may have been used in drug activity. For example, the police can seize a car that contains trace amounts of a controlled substance.
Because the laws used to seize property are civil rather than criminal, the usual constitutional protections do not apply, including the presumption of innocence. If you want to get your property back, there are time limits and bonding procedures that must be followed.
DRUG CRIMES ATTORNEY SERVING AMARILLO, TEXAS
For three decades, I have been standing up for the rights of individuals of West Texas when they have been charged with a crime. A conviction for drug crimes can destroy your future. You don’t have to face this situation alone. If you are in need of legal representation for defense against charges of drug crimes, I am ready to help. I represent clients in Pampa, Borger, Plainview, Dumas, and Hereford. Contact me at The Law Office of Dennis R. Boren in Amarillo, Texas today to schedule a free consultation.