Austin Drug Crimes Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Austin, you need to speak to an attorney immediately. The state of Texas has unusually harsh penalties for drug crimes, and you can be locked up for possessing even a small amount of marijuana. When it comes to more serious offenses, like distribution, trafficking, manufacturing, or cultivating substances, the punishment can involve years in prison. The Law Office of Erin Shinn provides aggressive criminal defense representation to individuals in the Austin area who’ve been accused of misdemeanor and felony drug crimes.

Which Drugs Are Coming Under the Radar of Law Enforcement?

Police officers in Austin and other parts of Texas routinely get briefings on which drugs are the most prevalent in their jurisdictions. All law enforcement officers, however, have training in the identification of many different types of narcotics, and they won’t hesitate to arrest you for any illicit substance. Some of the cases that we’ve handled involve:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • GHB
  • Ketamine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • LSD
  • Non-prescribed steroids
  • Ecstasy
  • PCP
  • Mescaline
  • Resinous extractives of cannabis
  • Compounds containing the following:
    • Dionine
    • Motofen
    • Buprenorphine
    • Pyrovalerone

Federal and State Drug Crimes in Texas

Most drug crimes in Texas can be tried at both the state and federal level. The decision on whether or not the crime will be prosecuted in the federal courts depends on several factors:

  • Whether the criminal act involve crossing state or federal borders
  • The weight of the drugs involved
  • Whether the investigation began at a local, state, or federal level
  • The amount of money involved in the drug dealing
  • Whether the drug crimes were part of a criminal enterprise

Austin police officers frequently team up with members of the DEA, U.S. Customs, and other federal agencies, so depending on the details of your case, you could be tried at a state or federal level.

Drug Crimes in Texas

The levels of punishment involved in drug crimes varies with each type of controlled substance. Additionally, there are often aggravating factors that can result in increased charges and penalties. At the Law Office of Erin Shinn, we represent those accused of:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to deliver
  • Distribution
  • Trafficking (a crime based upon aggregate weight)
  • Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Prescription drug fraud
  • Counterfeiting controlled substances
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

The Austin Law Office of Erin Shinn Offers Effective and Discreet Legal Protection

Being arrested for a drug crime means potential jail or prison time, fines, court-ordered counseling, and a criminal record. Austin criminal defense attorney Erin Shinn has successfully defended clients who have been prosecuted for all levels of drug crimes. She can review the evidence against you and develop an ironclad legal defense that’s designed to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her today to discuss the details of your arrest.

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