James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask Drug Crimes

Bryan Drug Crime Lawyers

We have a lot of college students in our area—over 100,000. The presence of the college atmosphere brings so much to our community. An unfortunate side effect of college life is often heavy alcohol use and illicit drug use. No one wants to see our college youth fall into these lifestyles—but it’s also true that we don’t want to see the lives of young people get permanently altered by what may have been a youthful indiscretion. 

Moreover, any charges on drugs or alcohol-related offenses are just that—charges. College students are innocent until proven guilty, like everyone else. When you or your loved one comes to our Bryan office, you’ll talk to a drug crimes lawyer who will listen to your story, develop a well-thought-out defense strategy, and who has a track record of success in court. 

Furthermore, criminal charges regarding drugs and alcohol are not unique to college students. Regardless of the age of you or your loved one, you still deserve a defense that is competent, zealous, and non-judgmental. 

Call James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask at (979) 227-3305. We can meet either in person or via video conference, whichever works best for you.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

You don’t have to necessarily be caught using drugs or possessing them to run afoul of the law. The simple act of having the equipment used to make an illegal substance can result in criminal charges 

Section 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code spells this out. The law defines drug paraphernalia as anything “used for the purpose of planting, cultivating, manufacturing, producing, processing, testing, packaging, storing, or concealing a controlled substance.”

Prime examples of this paraphernalia include bongs, syringes, pipes, rolling papers, and plastic bags. 

Of course, there are other reasons a person might possess these, and similar items. It’s the obligation of the District Attorney’s offense to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the purpose of the paraphernalia was indeed to facilitate illegal drug use. The team at James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask has deep experience in finding the holes in the prosecution’s case and illustrating them for a jury. 

Public Intoxication and Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Common alcohol-related allegations on campus and beyond can include being publicly intoxicated, as well as providing alcohol to those under the age of 21. Public intoxication has a very specific definition. Texas law defines it as not merely being under the influence of alcohol or over the legal limit for driving. This offense requires that the person be drunk “to the degree they may endanger the person or another.” 

Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas. While there is no jail time associated with a conviction on Class C charges, and fines are capped at $500, this charge still becomes a part of your permanent record. 

Providing alcohol to those underage is something that can certainly happen in college, where freshmen and sophomores are likely under 21, with juniors and older often legally able to purchase alcohol. Those who are of age—regardless of whether they are college students or not—need to be aware that this offense can result in Class A misdemeanor charges. This can mean up to a year in jail, a $4,000 fine, and the suspension of a driver’s license. 

Your Constitutional Rights in Drug Cases 

The investigation into drug allegations may result in a defendant’s constitutional rights being violated. Specifically, the Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable search and seizure. This means the police need to have a search warrant (or your permission) to search your property. 

Property, in this case, is not just your home, apartment, or dorm room, but your car, computer, and anything else you own. Furthermore, to get that warrant, the authorities must at least have “probable cause” that a crime has been committed. 

Every situation is different, and our legal defense strategy will be shaped by the unique circumstances in your particular case. However, issues pertaining to the Fourth Amendment are common in drug and alcohol-related cases. You can be assured that the drug crime lawyers in our Bryan office are vigilant about defending your rights. 

The Vigorous Legal Defense You Deserve

Everyone deserves a lawyer who will fight for them. It’s the cornerstone of our justice system. Defendants, regardless of their age, and regardless of what they may be charged with, need an attorney who will believe in them and will work hard towards a good outcome. At James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask, we’ll do all of that and more. 

Call (979) 227-3305 or reach out online to set up a free consultation. 

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