Collin County Heroin Crimes Attorney
If you or a loved one are suffering the physical, mental, and legal consequences of heroin use, contact an attorney right away. Whether you made a single mistake, or you are struggling to overcome heroin addiction, the fact is that being caught possessing any amount of heroin is a felony in Texas. Our state has strict laws regarding illegal drugs and, penalties for offenders who’ve never been arrest on drug charges before can be quite severe.
A felony drug conviction can be detrimental to your finances, reputation, employability and many other aspects of your life. It may seem as if you are stuck in an impossible situation and you have nowhere to turn.
However dreadful your circumstances may seem, an experienced drug offense lawyer can work to helping you secure a plea deal, reduced, or even dismissed charges. Even if a conviction seems like a foregone conclusion, a drug offenses attorney can advocate for you to help you avoid the worst penalties.
At Rosenthal Barbieri we know how easy it is to make a mistake or to get in over your head and find yourself struggling with drug addiction. Our team will provide the compassionate care and legal guidance you need. We can help you find treatment options for you or a loved one before any legal consequences come into the mix.
We know that a crisis may not strike during normal business hours. That’s why we are available to take your call 24/7. Our empathetic legal team can help you find recovery resources or provide a consultation on your case any time of the day or night.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a heroin crime, call us at (972) 369-0577 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer After Being Charged with a Heroin Crime?
Under Texas law, heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug and is considered to have no acceptable legal medical use. Because heroin is a highly-controlled substance, being charged with a heroin crime can bring harsh penalties and severe societal stigma. While certain consequences may be unavoidable, working with a knowledgeable heroin crime attorney is the best way to work toward a favorable outcome.
Building a successful case to convict a suspect of a drug crime relies on an incredibly detailed and nearly flawless law enforcement effort. Every action in an attempt to gather evidence against someone who is suspected of a drug crime is subject to heavy regulation.
Retaining legal counsel as soon as you are charged with a heroin crime is critical. Your attorney can protect you from self-incrimination and from any illegal or predatory police tactics. An experienced legal team will investigate the actions taken by law enforcement for any misconduct. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better it will be for you.
Why Should I Choose Rosenthal Barbieri?
Rosenthal Barbieri was voted the best law firm in McKinney, but our reputation for excellence extends far beyond our city’s limits. We have served clients all around Texas, and we can help you when you need us.
As the largest legal firm in Collin County, we have the resources and knowledge necessary to win your trust and to build a strong case on your behalf. We take pride in our reputation for our steadfast defense of our clients and their rights. We are here to help make sure that your life is not over just because you’ve received a heroin conviction.
Rosenthal Barbieri is uniquely well-equipped to handle cases where drugs are involved. We have a team of eight attorneys who have built a solid base of knowledge and empathy over many years of defending the great citizens of Texas.
Along with our passion for justice, we are dedicated to helping our clients find resources to help them with their drug issues. We understand that you may be a suffering addict, not a criminal. We can help you find treatment options, which, in some cases, can even be substituted for prison time. We are here to help enable you to heal legally, physically, and emotionally.
What are the Consequences of Being Convicted of Heroin Possession?
Our state takes all criminal charges related to heroin very seriously and the penalties can be quite steep. The amount of heroin in your possession at the time of your arrest will determine your penalty:
- Less than 1 gram: State jail felony
- 1 to 4 grams: 3rd-degree felony
- 4 to 200 grams: 2nd-degree felony
- 200-400 grams: 1st-degree felony
- 400+ grams: 10-99 years or life in prison and or $100,000 in fines
The consequences of any heroin possession conviction can lead to prison time or large fines. However, the consequences of a felony drug charge can have other impacts on your liberties and livelihood. Additional consequences of a felony heroin conviction may include:
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of child custody rights
- Loss of the right to own a firearm
- Employment restrictions
- Payment of court costs
The location of your arrest can also play a role in your charges. If you were arrested within close proximity of a school or playground, your charges may be escalated to the next felony degree. Working with a heroin crime attorney can help to prevent this from happening, since your lawyer may be able to achieve a reduction in your charges.
Criminal Charges Associated with Heroin Use
Those charged with heroin possession may see additional related charges added. Our team has trial experience in a variety of heroin charges that enables us to effectively handle any heroin crime case we get. Charges associated with heroin use that our team at Rosenthal Barbieri can handle include:
- Heroin possession from less than 1 gram to over 400
- Paraphernalia charges including those for syringes, baggies, scales, and more
- Manufacture or delivery of heroin leading to death or serious bodily injury
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Charges in drug-free zones
- Federal heroin charges
Attempting to represent yourself or working with an inexperienced firm can lead to charges and penalties being compounded, rather than reduced. Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable heroin crime defense team is the only way to ensure you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.
How Can a Lawyer Defend Me?
Through trial experience, our team at Rosenthal Barbieri has been able to build an arsenal of defensive strategies that enable us to repeatedly secure favorable outcomes for our clients. We are well-versed in all the regulations that law enforcement and prosecution must follow and we can defend against any improper actions on their part. Other successful defenses we may employ are to:
- File a motion to suppress evidence: Certain evidence may have been obtained in a way that violates your rights. If an illegal search or seizure was conducted, the evidence obtained may be suppressed.
- Seek a dismissal of charges: If enough evidence was obtained illegally and can be suppressed, you may be vindicated from all wrongdoing.
- Supply evidence to support reasonable doubt at trial: If it can be shown that you possessed heroin unknowingly or unintentionally, you may be able to beat your charges.
- Pursue enrollment in a court-approved drug treatment program: Certain first-time offenders may be eligible for a drug court supervision program that takes the place of prison time.
In 2001, Texas lawmakers mandated that these programs become available in many cities and counties across the state due to their proven success as opposed to incarceration for first-time offenders.
I am Struggling with Heroin Addiction. What Should I do?
Our team here at Rosenthal Barbieri actively works to combat the idea that a criminal conviction is a strong or wise solution to prevent drug abuse. Sometimes, concerned friends or family members and even the users themselves may feel that prison is the only way to escape the cycle of drug addiction.
Drug addicts are often the victims of the war on drugs, not those responsible for the sale and distribution of the controlled substance. Our firm knows that you may feel desperate to try anything to free yourself or your loved one from addiction, but prison is not the way.
The penal system works to punish drug addicts and inhibit their prospects by sticking them with highly-stigmatized felony drug charges.
Charges like that follow you for life and can severely impact your freedom and ability to live a normal life, even after you have served your sentence. Our team can help you find recovery rather than punishment.
We know the pain and confusion a family disease like heroin addiction can cause. As committed community advocates, our team is here to serve you and your loved ones in any way we can.
Contact a Collin County Heroin Crimes Attorney
If you or a loved one are facing felony heroin charges, all hope is not lost. Our team at Rosenthal Barbieri has helped many of our community members from across the state of Texas deal with their legal needs in the wake of a criminal heroin charge.
We understand the pain you and your loved ones have likely endured through your drug use, which has now boiled over as you face serious criminal penalties. At Rosenthal Barbieri we offer the empathetic and experienced guidance you deserve.
We can help you through what may seem like an inescapable low-point. For a free consultation on your case, call us 24/7 at (972) 369-0577 or fill out our online contact form.