Drug Crimes

Helping Clients Live a Life Beyond Drugs and Alcohol

 

If you have been arrested or charged with a drug-related crime, Ms. Liukkonen is prepared to help you every step of the way through this very difficult process. Ms. Liukkonen listens to her clients and learns as much as possible about their situation before acting.

Types of Drug and Alcohol Crimes

 

Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance

You will be charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance depending on the amount of the drug you have in your possession, or if a law enforcement officer believes you have materials that can be used to manufacture a drug. This drug crime is typically categorized as a felony. Without a skilled lawyer, defendants are likely to be sentenced to significant time in prison if they are charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

 

Possession of a Controlled Substance

In Texas, there are different penalty groups for different types of drugs. If you are charged with possession of a controlled substance, you will need a skilled lawyer to handle your case. You do not want to go up against a possession charge alone, as the penalties for this charge include serious fines and imprisonment.

 

Delivery of Marijuana

A person commits this crime if they knowingly or intentionally deliver or sell marijuana to another person. Depending on the amount delivered, the penalties for this crime range from a Class B misdemeanor to a first-degree felony.

 

Possession of Marijuana

Penalties for possession of marijuana range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the amount of the drug in your possession. If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, you need a lawyer who will fiercely defend you in court.

 

Driving While Intoxicated

If you are 21 years old or older and you are not a commercial driver, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) you’re allowed to have in your system while driving is 0.08%. Anything over this, and you are likely to get pulled over and charged with a DWI. Penalties for driving while intoxicated range from fines and imprisonment to license suspension and community service.

 

Public Intoxication

You can be charged with public intoxication if you are in public and are so intoxicated that law enforcement officials believe you have the capacity to endanger yourself or others. This crime is a Class C misdemeanor, and it comes with the possibility of having a permanent criminal record. Getting a good lawyer is key in making sure that you avoid having a criminal record and receive minimal penalties.

 

Alcohol Crimes Involving Minors

The purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor is typically tried as a misdemeanor and may result in having a permanent criminal record, so it’s important to find an experienced attorney who knows what to expect and can offer defense against these charges.

Penalties

 

There are two types of penalties for drug and alcohol crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. If confinement rather than fines is chosen by the courts, a misdemeanor will land you in county jail, whereas a felony will result in being sent to prison. If you are sentenced to either a misdemeanor or a felony, you will have a criminal record in addition to fines and confinement, so it’s important to have someone like Jodi Liukkonen to help you understand what you could be facing and is there to aggressively defend you.

MisdemeanorsPenalty
Class C Misdemeanor Fine up to $500
Class B Misdemeanor Fine up to $2,000 and/or jail for up to 180 days
Class A Misdemeanor Fine up to $4,000 and/or jail for up to one year
FeloniesPenalty
State Jail Felony Confinement in state jail between 180 days and two years and/or a fine up to $10,000
Third Degree Felony Imprisonment between two and 10 years and/or a fine up to $10,000
Second Degree Felony Imprisonment between two and 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000
First Degree Felony Imprisonment between five years to life and/or a fine up to $10,000

Rehabilitation

 

If arrested or convicted of a drug or alcohol crime, you can anticipate heavy fines and penalties. Those who are first-time offenders are often required to receive an evaluation in order to uncover any drug or alcohol abuse. If you demonstrate a serious problem, a judge could order you to undergo rehabilitation. If you are facing charges, need legal representation or have questions about drug or alcohol rehabilitation, Ms. Liukkonen can assist and represent you.

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