If you're charged with marijuana possession in Texas, you face potentially serious legal consequences. By understanding your options after the charges, you are able to determine the appropriate course of action to address the situation. Experienced lawyers (like Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC) can help you understand the best course of action. Let’s take a look at a couple of key tips you’ll want to follow.
Stay Quiet and Don’t Self-Incriminate
If you’ve been stopped by the police (or arrested) for marijuana related issues, then you want to make sure you avoid self-incrimination. You are not obligated to answer questions from the police. They will likely try to get you to confess or admit to breaking the law. You really do have the right to remain silent. Your best move is to stay quiet until you have a chance to speak to a lawyer. Talking to the police or admitting to marijuana possession means you will have fewer options for your defense.
Talk to a Lawyer
It’s vital you contact an experienced attorney like Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC about your situation. This gives your legal case the best chance of success. At our firm, we defend your case based on the situation and reasons for the marijuana possession. Since laws may change over time, this can affect your case. Our attorneys are up-to-date with latest changes to Texas’ marijuana law. This helps to make sure you have the best defense possible.
Clarify Your Rights
When you are facing charges for possession of marijuana, you do have rights. By discussing your rights with a lawyer, it is possible to determine when the police engage in inappropriate behaviors. The police must follow specific protocols and standards when stopping, searching or arresting you for possession of marijuana. That means that any deviation from the protocol raises concerns about the possibility of inappropriate charges or inaccurate charges. Do not hold back when talking to lawyer to ensure that you know your rights.
An Important Fact Regarding Texas Marijuana Laws
You are probably aware that in Texas, marijuana is not a legal substance. However, while it is not legal, the police must prove that the drugs they find in your possession actually belong to you. For example, if there was a joint or other type of cannabis in your vehicle, they must prove it was yours and did not belong to one of the other passengers. If you prove that it was not yours or that you had no knowledge of the drugs being in your car, then you may be able to have the charges dismissed.
What Should You Do Next
When you are charged with marijuana possession, you want to make sure you have the right defense. Part of that defense is ensuring that you have contact with the right legal team. Don’t cut corners. Give yourself the best legal defense possible. By working with Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC, you will have a team of experienced lawyers working on your case.