Drug Possession vs Drug Distribution in Texas

November 4th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Being convicted of a drug-related crime comes with serious penalties, including hefty fines and significant jail time. Certain types of drug offenses, however, including distribution of a controlled substance, come with particularly harsh penalties, so if you were recently accused of possessing or distributing drugs, it is important to contact an experienced drug charges lawyer […]

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Do Prosecutors Have to Disclose the Identity of Confidential Informant in Drug Cases?

September 3rd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Texas law enforcement often relies on “confidential informants” to assist them in making drug arrests. By law, the prosecution may continue to keep the identity of these informants secret from the defendant during trial, unless the judge determines there is a “reasonable probability” that the informant can offer testimony “necessary to a fair determination of […]

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What Is Considered “Entrapment” When It Comes to a Drug Crime?

August 5th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Police officers often rely on undercover work and confidential informants to help gather evidence of potential drug crimes. In some cases, however, these actions may cross the line from a legitimate investigation into what is known as “entrapment.” As defined by the Texas Penal Code, entrapment refers to a situation where a defendant engaged in […]

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When Police Officers Knock on Your Door, What Should You Do?

July 7th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Two police officers knock on your door. When you answer, you notice the officers are wearing bulletproof vests and have their hands on their weapons. They say they just want to “talk” with you. You step outside. The officers remove their hands from their guns. The officer then says they received a report of marijuana […]

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Texas Appeals Court Throws Out Drug Conviction, 68-Year Sentence, Due to Improper Jury Instruction

April 6th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

During a traffic stop, a police officer may ask for permission to search your vehicle. You should always refuse permission. If the officer has reason to believe you are hiding evidence of criminal activity, such as violations of Texas drug laws, they can also apply to a judge for a warrant. But once you give […]

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How You May Face Drug Charges Even if the Drugs Do Not Belong to You

February 6th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

When it comes to drug crimes, law enforcement need not actually find illegal contraband on your person. If the police execute a valid search warrant for your property and locate illegal drugs, particularly in “plain view,” you can still be arrested, tried, and convicted of drug possession. What matters here is not what is found […]

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Can a Judge Revoke My Bail If I Use Drugs?

December 5th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

The U.S. Constitution prohibits courts from imposing “excessive bail” in criminal cases. Among other things, this means that courts should not imprison a person accused of a crime pending trial, unless the charges against them are severe (e.g., murder) or there is credible evidence that the defendant poses a danger to the community if allowed […]

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If I’m on Probation, Can the Police Search Me for Drugs Without a Warrant?

November 6th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Many drug charges in Texas are resolved by a plea bargain where the defendant is placed on community supervision (probation) in lieu of jail time. It is critical to understand, however, that probation is not getting off scot-free. Rather, your freedom is restricted by the terms of your plea agreement, which among other things may […]

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Court of Criminal Appeals: Possession with Intent to Deliver Does Not Support “Organized Crime” Charge

October 14th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Drug charges can quickly escalate from allegations of simple possession to participation in “organized crime.” Indeed, the Texas Penal Code describes a specific offense known as “engaging in organized criminal activity.” This applies to a scenario where the defendant participates “in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of […]

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How “Tampering” With Drug Evidence Can Land You in Prison for Life

August 9th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Drug charges are not limited to possession of controlled substances. Many defendants find themselves facing additional felony charges of “tampering” or “attempted tampering” with respect to evidence of drug possession or use. In other words, if a suspect tries to flush drugs down the toilet as the police are breaking down the door, the suspect […]

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