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Facing drug charges can be intimidating. Talk to the lawyers at Sparks Law Firm about your drug charges.

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A drug conviction can make it difficult to find a job, get a loan, obtain a scholarship, rent an apartment, buy a house, etc. Criminal records are widely available to the general public, and most people don’t care about the circumstances surrounding a conviction – even if you weren’t actually guilty. What’s more, legal penalties for drug crimes tend to be severe, especially when a probation violation is involved.

Since 1999, arrests for drug crimes have increased dramatically, and the majority of arrests have been of drug users rather than drug dealers or drug traffickers. The statistics include those individuals who have become addicted to prescription drugs such as morphine.

Whatever the circumstances of your drug charges, you need an experienced drug charges lawyer to help you obtain a favorable result.

Texas Drug Fines And Penalties

Texas is known for strict laws regarding drugs; the penalties for low-level drug users in possession of a controlled substance can result in high fines and jail time. The penalties range from drivers license suspension to life in prison and fines up to $100,000. The severity of the penalty depends on the type and amount of drug you are charged with handling. See examples below.

  • Marijuana charge, first offense (<4 ounces)

    • ​Loss of driver’s license for six months, Fine of $2,000

  • Marijuana charge, first offense (>4 ounces to 2,000 lbs)

    • ​Up to 99 years in prison, Fine up to $100,000

  • Hard drugs (i.e., cocaine and methamphetamines),
    possession or distribution

    • ​Up to a life sentence in prison, Fine up to $50,000

Justin was my lawyer for a case I had with Tarrant County. He was very responsive, professional, and helped us sooo much! I ended up having everything dismissed. Definitely highly recommend!

- Payton R.

I cannot say enough good things about this law firm! They took care of me and immediately started working my case. They knew exactly what to do as soon as I told them my story.

- Alana B.


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Alternatives to incarceration are available for first offenders and individuals addicted to drugs.  Texas Drug Courts are available to defendants convicted of a non-violent offense who have been determined to be responsive to treatment.

Additionally, some cases may qualify the defendant for a special form of probation called “deferred adjudication,” which can result in a case being dismissed and charges being expunged after probation. Participation in treatment programs can also be a way to reduce your punishment.


Involvement in drug activity often catapults drug addicts and first time offenders down a dark path of self-destruction with fewer opportunities for a better future. Justin Sparks is a former prosecutor who understands that good people make mistakes but don’t deserve a lifetime of wasted opportunity for them. Justin has helped numerous clients get their lives back on track following drug arrests–contact him today for a free confidential consultation.

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