Series Wrap-Up of How Search and Seizure Issues Impact Georgetown, Texas Drug Possession Cases
This is our final post discussing how search and seizure issues impact Texas drug possession cases. Throughout this series we have discussed why many such cases come down to whether or not law enforcement violated a defendant’s Constitutional rights. It was our intention throughout these posts to urge those who are arrested on misdemeanor drug charges to consult with an attorney prior to making any serious legal decisions. Many defendants often assume the worst and do not believe they have a case after having been arrested. During our series, we sought to provide education that is useful to having a more effective discussion with your criminal defense attorney.
During these articles we have discussed several specific scenarios which frequently arise. Case examples we have discussed include:
- Errors the police make when stopping a person on the street
- Whether the police may frisk a suspect
- Rights a person has when their vehicle is stopped and searched
- Rules law enforcement must follow when searching a person’s home
- A discussion on whether search and seizure laws apply to undocumented immigrants
- An explanation of an attorney can protect your fourth amendment rights
- An explanation of the Texas appellate process if evidence is wrongly admitted against you in trial
Being convicted of a drug possession charge, even it involved a small amount of narcotics, can have a lasting impact on a person’s future. A Texas misdemeanor conviction will show up on a criminal background check, employment applications, educational applications, loan applications, and impact the ability to gain housing. A misdemeanor conviction can also mean a harsher sentence in the event that a future conviction for a new charge occurs. While not every drug case will involve opportunities to suppress evidence, it is always worth it to consult with an attorney to discuss every possible defense angle. Most criminal defense attorneys provide initial consults for free or nominal charges. Before pleading to a criminal charge, consider your future, and speak to a lawyer about your options.
If you have been charged with drug possession then it is important to take the matter seriously. Contact one of our lawyers today and schedule an initial meeting. In addition to Georgetown, we service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir.